Tuesday, September 20, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 20, 2011) – Patrolling soldiers clashed Monday with Abu Sayyaf gunmen and Moro rebels in Zamboanga city in the southern Philippines, officials said.
Officials said the fighting erupted at around 9 a.m. on the village of Busay on Sacol Island.
One gunman was shot and killed by soldiers and that police commandos joined the operation to flush out about 15 rebels from the island, scene of previous clashes between security and Abu Sayyaf group.
There was no report of military or police casualties in the fire fight that lasted over half an hour. Navy and police patrol boats were deployed around the island to prevent the gunmen from escaping.
Officials said the gang was headed by an Abu Sayyaf sub-leader identified only by his first name as Imbran, who was suspected as behind the spate of kidnappings in Zamboanga Peninsula.
It was not immediately known whether the gunmen were planning to launch an attack or kidnap in Zamboanga City, which had been targeted in the past. (Mindanao Examiner)