Two Philippine police officers were killed and one injured in an attack with a narcotics enforcement squad, following a bungled entrapment operation outside a busy shopping mall in Metro Manila.
Raising more questions over the continuing deadly drug war of President Rodrigo Duterte.
The attack on Wednesday evening also injured three agents of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), although the extent of their injuries was not immediately known.
No civilians were hurt during the incident, police said, but pedestrians and mall shoppers ran for cover as the two sides exchanged fire.
A spokesman from the drug enforcement agency told reporters in Manila that several of their personnel were doing a “legitimate operation” when the gunfight erupted.
Derrick Carreon, the spokesman, was also quoted as saying that the agency’s Special Enforcement Service (SES) was involved in the operation near the mall.
It remains unclear why police officers from the nearby district station were also at the scene of the operation and ended up exchanging fire with the narcotics enforcers. Two Philippine police officers were killed and one injured in an attack with a narcotics enforcement squad
According to anti-drug operations protocol, narcotics agents are required to coordinate with the police about any impending raid. Here