Drug suspect killed in shooting

An anti-drug operation in the north Cotabato town of Pigcawayan has resulted in the death of one of two suspects following a shooting, police said Thursday.

Major Carl Jayson Baynosa, the city’s police chief, identified the death as Bhan Ali, 40, from Pagalungan, Maguindanao.

The other suspect has been identified as Ali Tahir Musa, 53, also from Pagalungan. He was injured in the incident on Wednesday afternoon and was rushed to the nearest hospital.

Baynosa said officers, after being tipped, reported a black Toyota Avanza (NDC-8211) driven by Musa, with Ali sitting in front, to a checkpoint around 4 p.m. in Barangay Upper Baguer.

But he said that instead of stopping, one of the suspects opened fire, triggering a shootout.

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Baynosa also said the suspects tried to escape but crashed into a utility jeepney.

“The Avanza also struck a passenger jeepney which injured three people on board,” Baynosa said.

Baynosa said the attending physician pronounced Ali dead upon arrival at the hospital.

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