Troops clash with bandits, camp seized in Zamboanga

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ZAMBOANGA CITY: Government troops captured an encampment of suspected bandits following a firefight in the town of Sibuco in Zamboanga del Norte province in southern Philippines. Superintendent Rogelio Alabata, 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 Puliran village. Alabata said oldiers from the Army’s 42nd Infantry Battalion seized the bandit’s encampment about 500 meters from the construction site. 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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