13 dead, including one policeman, in shootout in Maguindanao

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 23) — An encounter between local authorities and an armed group resulted in the death of 13 people, Maguindanao police said.

In a statement, local police said the firefight occurred in an attempt to arrest Datu Pendatun Talusan, the former captain of Brgy. Limbo in the municipality of Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, at 3:30 a.m. on Saturday.

Talusan and 11 of his men were killed while one police operative died. Four others were injured and were brought to the Notre Dame Hospital in Cotabato City.

The former barangay captain was issued a warrant of arrest for robbery with homicide and illegal possession of firearms.

Authorities also recovered assorted weapons, including five M16 rifles, one M14 rifle, and two .45-caliber pistols from the suspects.