POLICE operatives shot dead a politician during an anti-narcotics operation in North Cotabato on Tuesday. The operation also netted several others, including a son of a police official. The slain suspect, Dindo Piang, allegedly attacked security forces out to search the houses of suspected drug pushers, sparking a firefight. Piang ran for vice mayor in Pikit town but lost in the May 2016 polls. Police, backed by Army soldiers, also arrested Nasser Karim, son of Senior Insp. Sindatu Karim, the town’s deputy police chief, and seized illegal weapons, including an automatic rifle owned by a member of the Special Action Force killed in clashes with Moro rebels in Mamasapano, Maguindanao in January last year.