ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police killed three people, including a naked woman, in a shootout before dawn Wednesday in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines that ensued during one of their anti-drug operations.
It was unclear if the woman had been caught in the crossfire in a house in the village of Baliwasan Tabuk, where two men allegedly engaged the raiders in a gun battle.
News reports said the woman was shot in the back.
Police also said four people were arrested in the anti-drug operations.
One policeman — PO1 Jurakman Juhayli, assigned in Tungawan town in Zamboanga Sibugay province — jumped in the river upon hearing gunshots, but was also taken into custody and is being investigated.
Juhayli, who was in Zamboanga City attending a seminar, said he thought the rebels had attacked the neighborhood, so he jumped into the river to save his life.
The operations were part of the anti-criminality campaign dubbed “Oplan Lambat Sibat” of the Philippine National Police. AL JACINTO