At least thirteen people, including a police officer, have been killed and four others injured before dawn on Saturday during a police operation in the southern Philippine Maguindanao province, the police said.
Police said the shootout erupted when police went to the hideout of a fugitive in Sultan Kudarat town around 3 am. to serve an arrest warrant for frustrated murder, robbery with murder, and homicide.
Police said the suspect and his armed followers resisted arrest and allegedly fired at the arresting team, resulting in a shootout that lasted five hours.
Four policemen have been wounded in the incident, police said.
Police recovered six M16 assault rifles, two .45 caliber pistols, one homemade .50-caliber Barret sniper rifle, one M14 rifle, one light automatic rifle, and a .22 caliber rifle at the clash site. Source: Xinhua