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Cock fighting rooster blade kills police, after cockfighting in Philippines

Rooster kills police chief on illegal cockfight

A rooster armed with an ankle blade murdered a town police chief on Monday after officers broke an illicit cockfighting ring in the Philippines.

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Police raided the illegal cockfight in Madugang village outside San Jose in Northern Samar province, officials said Wednesday.

San Jose Police Chief Lt. Christian Bolok was examining a rooster with his ankle blade during the raid, says AFP. The sword cut through Bolok's left arm, severing his artery.

Bolok bled his way to hospital.

"It was an awful mistake and a bit of bad luck I can't describe," said Regional Police Chief Col. Arnet Apud.

Apud added that he couldn't believe what happened when it was first published.

"It is the first time I've lost a man in my 25 years as a policeman because of a fighting cock's spur," he told the AFP.

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A similar occurrence happened in India in January, when a rooster fatally wounded a man on the way to a cockfight.

Provincial Gov. Edwin Ongchuan says other officers attempted to save Bolok by tying off the cut, but may have applied a tourniquet in the wrong place. He also indicated poison chance.

"The rooster blade may have been laced with poison," Ongchuan told the Associated Press.

The scene detained three suspects, Apud said. Police also captured some roosters and spurs in the raid.

The ankle blades are also added to the ankles of cock-fighters to make them more dangerous.

Cockfighting is a common blood sport in Philippines where people bet on birds before fighting to death. Many fights are legal and authorised, but certain rings are against the rules.

Judicial wars are allowed on Sundays and holidays.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippine government briefly outlawed cockfighting with other cultural and athletic activities.

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