Philippines suspends special forces police chief over deadly clash

January 27, 2015 7:25 AM

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MANILA (Reuters) - The chief of the Philippines' special forces police unit has been suspended over his handling of an operation at the weekend to arrest two wanted Islamic militants that left over 40 commandos dead, the interior minister said on Tuesday.

Manuel Roxas also said he had ordered an investigation into the operation that turned into a deadly 12-hour clash with Muslim rebels. The head of the Philippine National Police said the operation had not been cleared by top police officials.

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