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Footage shows police gun battle after suspected drug smuggling plane shot down

Footage of a gun battle between Peruvian authorities and suspected drugs traffickers in which a plane was shot down has been released.

The dramatic video shows drug enforcement agents exchanging fire with the suspects and a large explosion, which appears to be the moment authorities shot down a small plane suspected of trafficking drugs.

After the plane crashed to the ground, authorities engaged in a three-hour gun battle in a remote area of central Peru, called the Valley of Pichis Palcazu.

One suspect, allegedly a Colombian man, escaped, while another, the 58-year-old Bolivian pilot, was shot and taken into custody.

Authorities seized 70 kilos of cocaine chloridate from the plane but believe the suspects hid at least 200 additional kilos of drugs.

According to the United Nations, Peru is the world's second largest supplier of cocaine, after Colombia.