Troops recover 39 MNLF cadavers-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Thursday, October 3, 2013
A TOTAL of 39 cadavers of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels killed in the standoff have been recovered as the government forces’ clearing operations continues, a police official reported Thursday.
Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Ariel Huesca said that some of the 39 cadavers were exhumed in shallow graves in separate areas in the adjoining villages of Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, and Rio Hondo.
The three villages are the sites of heavy fighting after hundreds of MNLF rebels infiltrated this city last September 9.
Huesca said that all of the recovered bodies were subjected to proper procedures for identification and decent burial.
He said that the security forces have also recovered 236 unexploded munitions during the clearing operations.
He said the recovered munitions include unexploded rifle grenades, caliber 40-milimeter ammunition and hand grenades.
The clearing operations entered the fifth day Thursday. It started Sunday, a day after National Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin declared the standoff as over.
Meanwhile, government security forces have turned over on Thursday 11 vital installations to include two places of worships to the respective administrators after completion of clearing operations.
Cleared of unexploded munitions were the Hall of Justice, Land Transportation Office, Department of Budget and Management, National Statistics Office, National Museum, City Social Welfare and Development Office, Women Crisis Center, Plaza del Pilar, Sta. Barbara Village Hall, Fort Pilar Shrine, and the Sta. Barbara Mosque.