Soldiers, cops kill 13 suspects in Quezon clash

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MANILA — Philippine army special forces and police killed 13 suspected criminals in a fierce gunbattle yesterday on the main northern island of Luzon in the latest violence to erupt in the country in the last week.

A police officer was wounded in the shootout, which raged for 20 minutes in the coastal town of Atimonan in Quezon province, about 140 kilometers (100 miles) southeast of Manila, the capital.

The gunmen, who were riding in two black SUVs, opened fire on more than 50 army soldiers and police when they were flagged down at a highway checkpoint in Atimonan, sparking the firefight, said Lt. Col. Monico Abang, who led the army platoon in the clash. Gunmen also fired from a third van but turned around and managed to escape, he said.

Two gunmen jumped out of one of the SUVs and fired from a roadside canal. The rest stayed in the two vehicles, which were raked by troops with gunfire in the sparsely populated stretch of the highway, Abang said. The area was closed off to traffic after the gunbattle.

  11 dead on clash scene

Quezon provincial police chief Valeriano de Leon said 11 gunmen died at the scene of the clash. Two others died while being brought to a hospital, he said, adding that government forces recovered two assault rifles and eight pistols used by the gunmen.

“They rolled down their windows and started firing, so we had to retaliate,” Abang said by cellphone from the scene of the clash. “They were clearly outnumbered and outgunned.”

A police colonel was shot in the hand and foot and taken to a hospital, de Leon said./ap

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  • julymorning

    MUKHANG DI NAMAN KAPANIPANIWALA PALIWANAG NG MGA PULIS AT AFP. 50 SILANG MAY MGA ARMAS KONTRA SA 13 NA DALAWA LANG ANG MAHABANG BARIL AT 8 LANG NA SHORT FIREARMS NA POSIBLENG MGA PALTIK PA. SEGURO BAKA GUSTO NA TALGANG MAGPAKAMATAY NG MGA CRIMINAL (DAW) O BAKA NAMAN RUB OUT NA NAMAN KATULAD SA IBANG NABIBIKTIMA NG MGA KOTONG COPS. 

  • nti_boohaya

    Something is fishy.  Things are not adding up.  50 pax armed to the teeth vs. alleged criminals in 3 vehicles but one vehicle that fired on the troops manged to escape.  Bobo naman ang commander (o kasabwat?) kung di pa nakipag coordinate to set up a traps along the highway for the “escaped” o pina skapo na vehicle (dahil nandun ang materiales fuertes.)  Classic!  Ang daming chokepoints sa highway na yan kung bakit pa sa liblib na lugar nag checkpoint.  Deal gone wrong!

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