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Philippines local police chief killed by fighting cockerel

The police chief of a Philippine town has been killed during a raid on an illegal cockfight when one of the razor-sharp metal blades worn by the birds cut an artery in his leg and he bled to death.

The incident took place on Monday in Madugang village in Northern Samar province, where police have been cracking down on illegal cockfights because the gatherings have been blamed for helping to spread coronavirus.

Ch Lt Christian Bolok, who was in his mid-30s, was trying to grab a cockerel when one of its gaffs – the steel blades attached to its legs – severed his femoral artery, according to the provincial governor, Edwin Ongchuan.

“He was trying to confiscate the roosters,” Ongchuan said, adding that Bolok or his companions had tried to stem his blood loss by tying a cloth around his leg but may have applied the tourniquet in the wrong spot.

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