Thursday, December 01, 2011

Military deploys more soldiers in Zamboanga City

MANILA, Philippines - More soldiers were deployed to Zamboanga City today to augment security in the city in the wake of Sunday's hotel bombing, which left three people dead and 27 more injured.

Lt. Col. Arnulfo Burgos, spokesman of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), said that a company-sized Army troops or at least 120 soldiers were sent to Zamboanga City to help the current military unit and the police in securing the city.

Burgos said that military units in the city have also been ordered to conduct random checkpoints.

Meanwhile, AFP chief Eduardo Oban said that the government has heightened the joint peace security efforts in Zamboanga City and other parts of Mindanao.

In a related development, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo ordered the police to strictly enforce the gun ban in the city.

Robredo issued the order in a meeting Tuesday with Mayor Celso Lobregat and security officials at the City Hall, in the wake of the powerful explosion Sunday night at the Atilano's Pension House in Barangay Canelar.

“We will implement the gun ban more strictly," the interior chief said.

Earlier, police said it has arrested a suspected member of the Abu Sayaf Group, who is believed to be involved in the bombing of the two-story pension house.

The suspect has been involved in recent bombings in the city, police added.

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November 30, 2011 03:54 PM

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