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Robbery-hold-up group leader, 3 abducted members killed

BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

SOCO operatives gather evidence at the crime scene in Brgy. Blumentritt, Murcia, where two shooting incident victims were found on Jan. 8.* PNP photo

Four alleged members of an organized crime group who succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, were separately found dead on January 8 in Negros Occidental.

Prior to the discovery of victims, allegedly members of the Aki Cuadra robbery-hold-up group, in separate places, three of them were abducted by still unidentified suspects from their rented residence at Villa Homes in Brgy. Vista Alegre, Bacolod City, on Friday night.

PLt. Liberty Indiape, deputy spokesperson of the Bacolod City Police Office, disclosed that the lifeless body of Arnold Cuadra, alias Aki, was found dead at a riverbank of Brgy. Villamonte in Bacolod City.

Cuadra was reported as leader of the Aki Cuadra Group, a notorious robbery-hold-up group also linked to illegal drug activities.

P/Capt. Elmer Bonilla, Police Station 7 chief, said that Cuadra was not among those being abducted by unidentified suspects as he was able to escape. But the armed suspects managed to catch up with him at a riverbank where he was shot.

Cuadra, 30, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, Indiape said.

Two other abducted victims identified by the police as cousins Jhundelle Juson Rafols, 25, and Leonil Francisco Rafols Jr., both residents of Purok Bolinaw, Brgy. 1 Bacolod City, were also found dead at Hacienda Josefa 1 in Brgy. Blumentritt, Murcia, Negros Occidental.

Murcia police probers recovered 10 assorted fired cartridges of super .38 and .45 caliber pistols, and that of caliber .30 firearms.

The cadaver of another victim identified only as alias Cogan was also discovered at Purok Malipayon, Brgy. Atipulu-an, Bago City, Negros Occidental, after residents in the area reported to the police hearing several gunshots in area.*

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