MANILA—Four drug suspects were killed in a buy-bust operation in Bongao, Tawi-Tawi early Tuesday, the military said.
The operation also resulted in the death of a member of police Special Action Force (SAF) and wounding of 3 others, the Philippine Air Force (PAF) said in a statement.
Government troops conducted the buy-bust operation against a certain Ibno Sahud Jaani, known as Suyung, in Barangay Luuk Pandan at 3:30 a.m.
Jaani and his cohorts allegedly resisted arrest and fought back that resulted to a firefight against anti-narcotics operatives, policemen and soldiers.
Recovered from the suspects were some 50 grams of white crystalline substance believed to be shabu and several firearms.