Zambo Norte town in tight security

The Mindanao Examiner Regional Newspaper - - News - (Mindanao Examiner)

DIPOLOG CITY – Security forces tightened its watch in Zamboanga del Norte’s Sibuco town following a clash between army troops and bandits last week.

Troops captured an encampment of suspected bandits following a fire fight in the town’s Puliran village.

Superintendent Rogelio Alabata, a regional police spokesman, said they have alerted their forces in the town after troops clashed with bandits who attacked soldiers guarding a government bridge project in the village.

Alabata said there were no reports of casualties in the fighting, but soldiers from the army had seized the bandit’s encampment about 500 meters from the construction site.

He said soldiers from the 42nd Infantry Battalion recovered bullet shells from the camp, which was quickly abandoned by bandits led by Jamaruddin Alih.

Police said armed groups have been extorting money from construction companies in the province. It was not immediately known if the armed men were affiliated with other rebel groups actively operating in the Zamboanga Peninsula.

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