2 Sulu drug pushers killed, 4 police injured in firefight

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Two suspected drug pushers were killed and four policemen were injured in an anti-drug operation in the southern Philippine province of Sulu, officials said on Tuesday.

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Among those injured in Monday’s fighting was the police chief of Maimbung town, Inspector Ergie Wanawan, who led the operation that resulted in the killing of Nurhassan Padin and Boogie Hajirin, both notorious drug pushers in the town.

Governor Totoh Tan facilitated the airlifting of the wounded policemen to Zamboanga City.

He said the government’s anti-drug campaign is continuing in Sulu, one of five provinces under the Muslim autonomous region.

“It’s too sad that our policemen were injured in the fighting,” he said.

Both suspects were armed with automatic weapons and fought policemen who were trying to serve them a search warrant.

The two were said to have links to and supplied the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group with illegal drugs.

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