Monday, October 7, 2013

Clearing operation in Zamboanga suspended - PNP

From the Philippine News Agency (Oct 7): Clearing operation in Zamboanga suspended - PNP

Police Chief Insp. Ariel Tolorio Huesca of Region 9 Monday said the clearing operations in Zamboanga City in connection with the clash between government troops and members of the Moro National Liberation Front had been temporarily suspended due to bad weather in the city.

Huesca said the Task Group Suyud temporarily suspended the conduct of clearing operations since Friday afternoon until Monday.

The official said since the first day of Phase 2 clearing operations, authorities were able to recover 280 various unexploded ordnance (rifle grenade, hand grenade and 40 mm rounds used in grenade launcher) and eleven assorted firearms.

He added the police regional office’s crime laboratory also recovered and processed 156 cadavers, of which 146 were MNLF rebels.

Of these recovered bodies, 10 were civilians, and three were female rebels.

Huesca added 45 other cadavers were also recovered, 35 of which were already decomposed.

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