• 3 killed in police shootout in Zamboanga

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police killed three people, including a naked woman, in shootout before dawn on Wednesday in Zamboanga City in southern Philippines. It was unclear if the woman had been caught in the crossfire in a house in Baliwasan Tabuk village where two men allegedly engaged the raiders in a gun battle. News reports said the woman was shot in the back. Police said four people were also 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 too. Juhayli – who was in Zamboanga City attending a seminar – said he thought rebels had attacked the neighborhood so he jumped in 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

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