Philip­pine mayor killed in drug raids

The Korea Times - - WORLD -

ZAMBOANGA, Philip­pines (AP) — Po­lice in the south­ern Philip­pines said they fa­tally shot 15 peo­ple Sun­day, in­clud­ing a city mayor who was among the politi­cians Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte pub­licly linked to il­le­gal drugs, in the blood­i­est as­sault so far in Duterte’s anti-drug crack­down.

Of­fi­cers were to serve war­rants to Oza­miz Mayor Rey­naldo Paro­jinog Sr. to search his houses for the sus­pected pres­ence of un­li­censed firearms when gun­men opened fire on the po­lice, spark­ing clashes that killed the mayor and at least 14 other peo­ple, Oza­miz po­lice chief Jovie Espenido said.

“He’s a high-value tar­get on il­le­gal drugs,” Espenido, who over­saw the post-mid­night raids on the mayor’s res­i­dence, said.

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