7 MNLF men killed in Zambo siege
MANILA – At least 7 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels were killed in the initial exchanges of fire with government forces in Zamboanga City, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.
The AFP, in its official Twitter account, said it received reports that 7 MNLF rebels were killed in an encounter with Navy personnel at sea at around 1 a.m. Monday. [https://twitter.com/TeamAFP]
Two civilians, a policeman and a Navy soldier were earlier reported killed in the skirmishes. At least 21 were wounded since the standoff began Monday.
Meanwhile, fresh gunfights erupted in Zamboanga City on Wednesday, the third day of the standoff.
Sporadic gunfights were reported as early as 6 a.m. today in Barangays Sta. Barbara and Sta. Catalina. The clashes reached its peak at around 9 a.m.
No casualty was reported in the latest skirmishes.
The number of residents who fled their homes due to the ongoing standoff has reached over 6,000.
Most of the evacuees were from Barangay Mampang where at least 2,000 residents left their homes Tuesday as the gunfights between the two sides continue to escalate.
A large number of the evacuees are currently in Joaquin F. Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex. Some are taking shelter in schools and churches.
City councilor Myra Paz Abubakar said the evacuees need additional supplies of food and other items such as clothes, blankets, and formula milk.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco, meanwhile, appealed to vital establishments outside the conflict zone to remain open. – with reports from Jewel Reyes and Queenie Casimiro, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga