13 killed in Philippines shootout
File photo of embers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) participating in a simulation exercise in Quezon City, the Philippines, on July 15, 2019. Picture used here for representational purposes only.Rouelle Umali/Xinhua/IANS

13 killed in Philippines shootout

Manila, January 23, 2021

At least 13 people, including a police officer, were killed and four others injured on Saturday during a shootout in the Philippines' Maguindanao province, according to authorities.

In a statement, the authorities said the shootout erupted when the police went to the hideout of a fugitive in Sultan Kudarat town at around 3 a.m. to serve an arrest warrant for murder, robbery and homicide, reports Xinhua news agency.

The statement added that the suspect and his armed followers resisted arrest and allegedly fired at the team, resulting in the shootout that lasted about five hours.

Police recovered six M16 assault rifles, two .45 caliber pistols, one homemade .50-caliber Barret sniper rifle, one M14 rifle, one light automatic rifle, and a .22 caliber rifle at the clash site.

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