Many dead in Philippine shootout

Many dead in gun battle between police and suspected robbers in Manila suburb.

    Police said the attackers fired at everyone in sight in a residential suburb of the capital, Manila [AFP]

    Another policeman was wounded, Bataoil said.

    He said investigators believe the assailants belonged to a gang whose members have posed as police officers.

    He said two of the slain assalants were found wearing police-style bulletproof vests.

    The gang has been blamed for the killing of bank teller and two guards of an armoured truck that was picking up money from a bank on the University of the Philippines campus last month.

    Deadly gun battle

    Police commandos stopped the men on a highway in the Paranaque area, triggering a gun battle in which 10 of the criminals died, Glen Tecson, a senior superintendent of police, said.

    "While they were fleeing, they fired assault rifles and a grenade launcher," he said.

    Four of the men, who belong to a known robbery gang, escaped while an eight-year-old girl was among the bystanders killed.

    Police could not confirm reports that the armed men intentionally fired on passers-by.

    Lilia de Lima, a human rights commissioner, said her agency would look into the incident to make sure the police acted properly to protect the civilians.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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