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Number of drug-related killings in Philippines doubles to 1,800 - police
August 22, 2016 / 6:56 AM / a year ago

Number of drug-related killings in Philippines doubles to 1,800 - police

The body of a man is pictured with a gun under his hand, whom police said was killed during a drug bust operation on "Shabu" (Meth), in Manila, Philippines, August 18, 2016. REUTERS/Ezra Acayan

MANILA (Reuters) - The number of drug-related killings since President Rodrigo Duterte took power in May and began his anti-narcotics war has doubled to about 1,800, police said on Monday.

Philippine National Police Chief Ronald Dela Rosa told a Senate committee investigating extrajudicial killings that 712 drug traffickers and users had been killed during police operations. Police were also investigating 1,067 drug-related killings outside police work, Dela Rosa said.

The United Nations has urged Manila to stop the extra-judicial executions and killings that have escalated since Duterte won the presidency on a promise to wipe out drugs.

Reporting by Karen Lema; Editing by Paul Tait and Michael Perry

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