Sunday, October 02, 2011
ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 2, 2011) - Philippine troops captured two gunmen following a sea battle on Sunday off the city of Zamboanga, officials said.
Officials said the gunmen were wounded in the clash that occurred just before day break near the coastal village of Limaong.
“Our troops were patrolling the coastline when the gunmen on board this motorized boar opened fire on our craft and this triggered a sea battle and the assailants were captured,” Army Colonel Buenaventura Pascual, commander of an anti-terror task force in Zamboanga, told the Mindanao Examiner.
There were no reports of casualties on the military side, but its patrol boat was hit by bullets although it did not damage the vessel.
Pascual said troops recovered a pair of shotguns from the gunmen’s boat, but the automatic weapons used by the assailants in attacking the soldiers were thrown into the sea by the duo.
The men were being interrogated by the police and it was unknown whether they are members of the Abu Sayyaf or any rebel groups operating in Zamboanga.
Just last week, government soldiers killed an Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Imram Asgari in a clash on a village called Busay in Zamboanga City. (Mindanao Examiner)