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NBI forensics team sent to Sulu to probe soldiers’ death by police

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A National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) forensics team flew to Mindanao on Thursday (July 2) to join in the investigation over the killing for four soldiers by policemen in Jolo, Sulu, said NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin.

“We sent another forensic team to do crime scene investigation to augment the agents of the Western Mindanao Regional Office (NBI-WEMRO),” he said.

The four soldiers were killed during an encounter in Jolo on Monday afternoon (June 29).

Police claimed the four identified themselves as soldiers at a checkpoint but refused to let themselves be verified for their identities and eventually led to a firefight.

On the other hand, the Philippine Army said the four victims did submit themselves for verification and did not even fire any shot.

Lavin said the NBI has already finished the autopsy of three of the soldiers following their arrival in Manila last Tuesday (June 30).

He noted that one of the victims suffered eight gunshot wounds while the two others received around three each.

Lavin declined to give anymore details about the autopsy conducted.

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