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Raw aftermath video:December 06/08,Manila,Philippines:More than a dozen people are killed during a gun battle between police and suspected robbers in the Phiippines.
A shoot-out between police and a "berserk" gang of armed robbers has left 16 people dead in the Philippines, including four bystanders.
Armed officers were following the suspected robbers through Paranaque city, a suburb of Manila.
When the gunmen realised they were being tailed they opened fire, metropolitan Manila police chief Leopoldo Bataoil said.
He said the suspects, some armed with M-16 rifles fitted with grenade launchers, thought they had been cornered and fired at everyone in sight.
He said: "When they found out they were being trailed ... they went berserk.
"They fired all around, including at a flammable tanker beside a warehouse."
Among those killed were 12 suspected gang members and a police officer.
Three people nearby, including a man and his seven-year-old daughter in a car passing through the area, were also killed.
Police initially reported that five civilians were killed, but two turned out to be gunmen whose bodies were dumped on the road.
Three police officers were also wounded, including one who was in critical condition.
Police said at least three of the gunmen escaped in a car they commandeered after firing a grenade at a gatehouse at the entrance to a residential block, wounding two guards.
Investigators believe the assailants belonged to a gang whose members have posed as police officers, adding that two of the gunmen killed in the shoot-out were found wearing police-style bulletproof vests.
The group has been blamed for killing a bank teller and two guards on an armoured truck picking up money from a bank on the University of the Philippines campus last month.
An investigation has been ordered into the deaths of the civilians.
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