ZAMBOANGA CITY -– A suspected bomber was killed in a shootout with policemen in Basilan province, a police official said Wednesday.

Chief Insp. Gean Gallardo, Lamitan City police chief identified the slain suspected bomber as a certain Jabier Pinglias, a resident of Sitio Tinabacan, Barangay Maganda in that city.

Gallardo said Pinglias was killed in a shootout around 7:20 p.m. Tuesday in Sitio Tinambacan, Barangay Maganda, Lamitan City.

Gallardo said the shootout ensued after Pinglias pulled a caliber .45 pistol and fired on the approaching policemen who went to Sitio Tinambacan, Barangay Maganda to serve an arrest warrant against the suspect.

Gallardo said Pinglias has a standing warrant of arrest as the latter is facing a criminal case before a court in Basilan province.

He said Pinglias was rushed to the Lamitan City District Hospital but was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician.

He said they recovered from the possession of Pinglias a caliber .45 pistol with ammunition, a bladed weapon, parts of improvised bomb, a mobile phone battery attached to a circuit board, and two sachets of methamphetamine hydrochloride locally known as shabu.

Gallardo disclosed that Pinglias was allegedly involved in the Lamitan City port bombing and in the bombing attempt at the police station.

A water tank and window glasses of the passenger terminal building were destroyed when an improvised bomb exploded around 9:20 p.m. Monday at the port located in Barangay Kulay Bato, Lamitan City.

Another improvised bomb, which failed to explode, was recovered around 7 p.m. Monday in front of the police station in Barangay Matibay, Lamitan City. PNA /