One of the suspects who was killed in an armed encounter with police during a buy-bust operation lies dead on the ground in Barangay Pahut, Bongao town, Tawi-tawi. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PHILIPPINE NATIONAL POLICE

MANILA, Philippines — A Malaysian and a Filipino cohort were killed in a buy-bust operation that turned into an armed encounter in Tawi-Tawi on Saturday, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Malaysian Hari Man Bin Sabtula and Nadzmil Ladja was killed in a shootout along the shoreline of Barangay Pahut, Bongao town, Tawi-tawi at around 9:45 a.m., according to reports.

“A shootout erupted when the police-military team was effecting the arrest of the two suspects for alleged drug trafficking during a sting operation,” the police said in a statement.

Police recovered from the two were packs containing 1.5 kilos of suspected shabu with a standard drug price of P10.2 million, two caliber .45 Armscor pistol, and a yellow motorized boat.

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