1 dead, 8 arrested in drug bust in Basilan

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Zamboanga City (CNN Philippines) — A suspect was killed while eight others were arrested during a shootout between authorities and suspected drug dealers at dawn Friday (January 22) in Maluso, Basilan province.

Police identified the fatality as a certain Abubakar Mohammad, aka Abubakr Adali Asa. Asa was killed after reportedly shooting it out with authorities during a buy-bust operation in Sitio Canas, Barangay Calangcanas.

Authorities confiscated several high powered firearms such as M16 rifles, an M203 grenade launcher, one rifle grenade, a caliber .22 pistol, several rounds of ammunition, shabu sachets, and several drug paraphernalia.

The operations was launched by members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 11, 4th Special Forces Battalion, the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Maluso Police Station.

Those arrested were detained at the Maluso Police Station.