Eight gunshot wounds found in one of the slain soldiers in Sulu incident

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 2) — One of soldiers fatally shot by policemen in Jolo, Sulu suffered eight gunshot wounds, according to initial results of an autopsy conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation.

Two of the slain Army officers sustained at least three gunshot wounds each, NBI Spokesperson Ferdinand Lavin said Thursday.

The fourth victim, Cpl. Abdul Asula, did not undergo autopsy as the Army earlier said he was laid to rest immediately in line with Muslim tradition.

Lavin said they completed the autopsy after the arrival honors at Villamor Airbase in Pasay City on Tuesday.

The preliminary findings will be submitted to the NBI’s regional office in Western Mindanao, he said.

Four Army officers, all from the 9th Intelligence Service Unit of the 11th Infantry Division, were killed in a police operation in Jolo, Sulu on Monday. The cops earlier claimed self-defense.

The Philippine National Police has ruled out the "misencounter" angle and is now calling it a shooting incident, involving nine policemen.

Police Brigadier General Bernard Banac, PNP spokesperson, said Wednesday that based on their analysis of reports on the ground, the soldiers did not fire a single shot at the police.

The chief of Jolo Police has been relieved from his post following the incident, with PNP citing command responsibility. The nine cops tagged in the shooting have been disarmed and placed under restrictive custody.

They are also facing a third party probe by the National Bureau of Investigation, which has been tasked to submit an initial report on the matter by next week.

Meanwhile, officials from both the AFP and PNP have called for calm— saying the two agencies continue to work well together in the country's security and pandemic response.

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CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario and Eimor Santos contributed to this report.