Heavy fighting in rebel-besieged Philippine city
A Philippine marine stands guard in Zamboanga City on the southern island of Mindanao on September 11, 2013. Heavy fighting broke out between troops and Muslim rebels as troops advanced on militant positions. Heavy fighting broke out Thursday between Philippines government forces and Muslim rebels who have laid siege to a southern city, with mortars and sniper fire unleashed on troops as they advanced on militant positions.
Hundreds of elite soldiers backed by police forces have surrounded about 180 guerrillas, and are trying to close in without causing civilian casualties in the heavily populated neighbourhoods, he said. A policeman checks the bag of a pedestrian after suspected rebels clashed with police in Zamboanga on September 11, 2013.
Hundreds of elite soldiers backed by police forces have surrounded about 180 guerrillas, the army says. The assault, which began Monday when the rebels landed by boat on Zamboanga’s coastal fringes, has displaced some 13,000 people and shut down the city where streets are deserted and government buildings under heavy guard.
The gunmen, followers of MNLF founder Nur Misuari who made a renewed declaration of “independence” a month ago, are believed to be hiding among at least 80 residents in the coastal villages.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at CitizenSimilar Stories