ZAMBOANGA CITY: Three people were reported killed and six others wounded in a shootout on Tuesday between policemen and armed men in Zamboanga Sibugay province in southern Philippines.
Officials said the policemen, led by Supt. William Gadayan, were serving a warrant to search the house of a former municipal councilor in Talusan town when the gunmen opened fire on the lawmen, sparking a firefight.
When the smoke cleared, three people lay dead—one of them the ex-town official, Kiking Lim.
Police said Edris Mohammad, a village councilman, and a civilian, Nashra Mohammad, were also slain in the shootout.
The fighting wounded police officer Noriel Laurieta and five people were caught in the crossfire.
The other five victims have been identified by the police as Fatima Ayesha, a minor; Lydia Mohammad; Albaina Moham-mad; Kisna Mohammad; and Noriba Amsani.
Another police officer, Jorjan Tolorio, said several weapons have been recovered from the house of Lim and Mohammad.
He added that among the weapons seized by the policemen were five automatic rifles, one 12-gauge shotgun and a .45-caliber pistol.
It was not immediately known whether the weapons were licensed.