(AFP) – Jun 15, 2008
MANILA (AFP) — A Philippines policeman and five other suspected members of a criminal gang have been killed in a firefight with police in Manila, an official said Monday.
All six fatalities were suspected members of the Kuratong Baleleng, a gang believed to have engaged in kidnappings and bank robberies in the past, said Superintendent Magtanggol Gatdula.
The slain suspects included an active-duty Manila policeman who had recently been reinstated in the service after being implicated in organised crime, district police chief Gatdula said.
Six other policemen were wounded in the shootout in the northern Manila district of Quezon late Sunday, he said.
The suspects used an assault rifle, a machine pistol, a carbine and a grenade to fight off the police officers sent to arrest them, Gatdula said.
Four of the six slain suspects have not been identified and police are checking the serial numbers of their weapons to determine whether any were police or military-issue guns, he added.
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