Philippine troops gained ground in Zamboanga, containing the fight against Moro rebels to two districts, as the standoff entered its eighth day on Monday. After a morning of heavy gunfire, and plumes of black smoke rising from buildings set ablaze, a helicopter assault was launched against the rebels’ positions.
Many hostages either were released or escaped during the weekend, but the rebels still hold several civilians. According to a military spokesman, 51 rebels have been killed and 48 captured during the struggle, which now involves around 3,000 government troops.
Philippine troops gained ground in Zamboanga, containing the fight against Moro rebels to two…
by Tactical Life / Sep 16, 2013