2 more MNLF stragglers killed in clearing operation PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 October 2013 13:04

Two more MNLF stragglers were killed in a brief gunfight with government troops in a clearing and retrieval operation at Sitio Buggok, Sta. Catalina yesterday morning.

A police report disclosed that soldiers of the 23rd Marine Company resumed clearing operation yesteday at Sitio Buggok where they spotted two MNLF rebels armed with M14 rifles.

Soldiers tried to convince the two rebels to surrender but the latter opened fire triggering a gunbattle.

The two rebels were hit in the body and died on the spot.

One of the two rebels was identified through his MNLF identification card as Nasser Dawili, 38, of Tulay, Jolo Sulu. The other remained unidentified as of press time.

The bodies were taken to the Villa funeral parlor for post mortem examination.

The two firearms were retrieved by the soldiers and will be turned over to the police.

Meanwhile, soldiers of the 44th Infantry Battalion recovered an M-16 rifle in a drainage canal and an AK-47 in a mangrove area during clearing operations in Barangay Santa Catalina.

Clearing operations have been undertaken since September 30, after the end of the crisis.

The Zamboanga City siege, which started Sept. 9 resulted in the deaths of 208 MNLF fighters. Twenty-four rebels surrendered, while were 270 captured. At least 20 soldiers were killed and 177 were wounded.  A total of195 hostages were rescued, while two were killed and nine wounded. —  Dan Toribio Jr.