Four people, including the chief of police of Omar, Sulu, were killed as armed men ambushed the convoy of the town’s incoming mayor Thursday afternoon, police said.

Killed were Omar Police chief Nasiruddin Jailani, PO2 Ferdinand Gumiraw and PO2 Bandir Majidul of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF), and a civilian identified as Masudi Abdurahim, Sulu provincial police director Senior Supt. Antonio Freyra said in a text message.

Injured were PO1 Neptali Roco, also of the SAF, and five civilians of whom three were identified as Ridzmar Julkarnain, Sherhan Hussin, and Beri Sahibuddin. All are presently confined at the Sulu Provincial Hospital.

The incident occurred around 3:35 p.m., while members of the Omar Police and SAF were escorting the convoy of Ferhana Mohammad at Sitio 55, Brgy. Lahing-Lahing.

Mohammad was on her way to the municipal hall to assume office when her convoy was ambushed by fully-armed men believed to be followers of former Mayor Haji Ahmad Omar, Freyra said.

Another police official, who requested anonymity for lack of authority to speak on the matter, said Mohammad was to replace Omar after she won an election protest against the latter.

“Mag-aasume siya (Mohammad) ng office kasi nanalo siya sa election protest, it is suspected na may kinalaman doon ‘yung ambush,” the official added. (John Roson)

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