Drug dealer killed, 2 cops hurt in drug raid shootout PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 04 September 2014 13:54

Police on Wednesday expressed alarm on the seizure of several firearms and grenades aside from big quantity of methampethamine hydrochloride also known as “met”, “ice” and “shabu” during a drug raid that resulted in the killing of a drug dealer and the wounding of two policemen in Isabela City,  Basilan province.

A police investigator said they were surprised to find an M-16 rifle, two hand grenades, two rifle grenades and several pistols and revolvers at the  house of Alkhan Jailani who was killed during the shootout with a police raiding team at Barangay Kaumpurnah, Isabela City  around 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Authorities are checking on Jailani’s possible link with the Abu Sayyaf or other rebel groups like the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

For several years, Philippine officials have been gathering information about the militant group’s involvement in drug trafficking, aside from kidnapping and extortion to raise funds for the acquisition of firerarms, explosives and ammunition to be used in their armed struggle for Islamic state.

Police said the raid on Jailani house was carried out on the strength of a search warrant issued by Regional Trial Court Judge Leo Principe.

Larubis said Jailani and his cohorts engaged in a shootout with the police raiding team which resulted to his death and the wounding of two Special Action Force policemen identified as PO2 Julius Nabal-o,who sustained gunshot wounds on right arm and left groin and PO2 Moises Dominguez, who suffered a gunshot wound on his left upper shoulder. They were evacuated for to Zamboanga City for further treament

The shootout triggered panic among residents of Isabela city residents who thought the city was under attack from rebels Tuesday night.

The scene of the shootout was just some 500 meters from the Isabela wharf, market and the commercial district. — Richard Falcatan