Two Basilan jailbreakers killed in encounter with security forces

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 18) — Two inmates who escaped from the Basilan Provincial Jail were killed after a shootout with security forces on Sunday afternoon, the military said.

The slain escapees were identified as Nurhasan Lahaman and Battuh Kusain Murah. Both were convicted of murder and were involved in the Lamitan City bombing last July 2018, according to the 4th Special Forces Battalion.

The two men broke out from prison with at least five other convicts last Tuesday. On Sunday, a civilian reported Lahaman and Murah "lurking around several meters away" from the Special Forces camp in Brgy. Cabunbata, Isabela City, the military said.

"As the troops advanced to the location, they were fired upon by the suspects which spawned a firefight and resulted in the immediate death of the two suspects," it said.

Two guns and several rounds of ammunition were recovered from the slain convicts, the military added.

Authorities are still conducting pursuit operations against the other fugitives identified as: Gappal Saripada, convicted of multiple and frustrated murder; Hernie Asao, convicted of illegal possession of explosives and firearms; Albaser Ahmad, convicted of multiple murder and frustrated murder; and Kiliji Hajirul, convicted of murder. Another escapee, identified as Mahad Massan and who was also convicted of murder, was already recaptured on Oct. 14.

The military said individuals with any information that may lead to the apprehension of the jailbreakers should immediately contact the authorities. It is offering a reward to those who will help lead to the rearrest of the escapees, with a bounty ranging from ₱100,000 to ₱200,000 per inmate.