Troops kill 2 MNLF rebels-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Thursday, October 10, 2013
TWO Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels, including a rebel commander, were killed in a clash with government forces in the “areas of concerns” in Zamboanga City, a military official said Thursday.
Task Force Zampelan (Zamboanga Peninsula and Lanao) spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jose Randolph Sino Cruz said the clash erupted around 8:40 a.m. Thursday in Sitio Bugguk in the village of Sta. Catalina.
Sino Cruz said the troops were conducting clearing operations when they chanced upon the two MNLF stragglers.
He added that a firefight broke out when the rebels opened fire after the troops ordered them to stand down.
One of the two slain MNLF stragglers was identified as Nasser Dawili, the commander of the MNLF’s Tapul Unit based on the identification card (ID) recovered from his possession, he said.
Zamboanga Peninsula police information officer Ariel Huesca said the troops recovered two M14 rifles and several MNLF IDs from the slain rebels.
The villages of Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, and Rio Hondo are among the “areas of concerns” since the three places were among the sites of fierce fighting between the troops and the rebels during the standoff.
The standoff started when hundreds of MNLF rebels infiltrated this city last September 9 through the shores of Rio Hondo and nearby villages.
The clearing operation is aimed to clear the areas of concerns of MNLF stragglers and of exploded munitions.