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Hostilities erupt anew; Basilan under lockdown By Mario J. Mallari and Gina P. Elorde 04/15/2010

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Hostilities erupt anew; Basilan under lockdown


By Mario J. Mallari and Gina P. Elorde
04/15/2010

Government forces yesterday clashed anew with Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan province, a day after a stunning assault by the insurgents left 15 persons dead.

The skirmishes occurred as soldiers tried unsuccessfully to track down the fleeing members of the militant group tagged as responsible for last Tuesday’s bomb attacks on the forested outskirts of Isabela, the capital city of Basilan.

A getaway vehicle was also recovered in the clearing operations, inside of which were more improvised bombs.
“There was fighting this morning (Wednesday), and the tension remains very high,” Mayor Cherry Akbar told reporters shortly after meeting with security officials as the city of 150,000 grappled with the aftermath of Tuesday’s bloodbath.

“We are chasing after them and we are doing everything we can to secure and protect the people of Isabela.”
Akbar and military officials said there had been no reports of casualties from the gunbattle, but neither had there been any militants captured.... MORE


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