MANILA (8th Update) -- At least six people died while 24 were wounded in Monday’s clash between government troops and alleged members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in Zamboanga City, said Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar.
"Since the start of the crisis at around 4:30 a.m. today [Monday], the Zamboanga City Police Office report(ed) that six people were killed — one policeman, one Navy personnel and four civilians, [while] 24 [were] wounded in the course of the encounter between government troops and the rebels," Salazar said in a statement.
"More casualties are reported on the enemy side," she added.
Zamboanga City police said they arrested 11 members of the MNLF after a predawn clash with the military on Monday.
Classes and government transactions in the city were suspended on Monday, while flights in and out of the "Asia's Latin City" have been cancelled amid the ongoing security concerns there.
Affected by the clashes were Sta. Catalina, Sta. Barbara, Talon-talon and Mampang villages.
600 evacuees now at Zambo Grandstand. 130 evacuees at Tetuan Central School. CSWDO providing food and assistance. #ZamboCrisis— zambocitygovt (@zambocitygovt) September 9, 2013