Scattered fighting in southern Philippine city one day after military declared stand-off over
MANILA (AFP) - Philippine troops hunted the remnants of a Muslim rebel group in the key southern city of Zamboanga on Sunday, with residents hearing gunfire a day after the military declared an end to its three-week campaign.
The army on Saturday announced that police were taking over from troops to clear sections of the vital regional trading centre of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) stragglers.
But just minutes after the military said the threat to Zamboanga was over, soldiers killed three MNLF fighters in a clash that also left six troops wounded.
"What happened was not organised resistance. These are stragglers trying to escape capture," Mr Zagala told AFP on Sunday, adding that only a handful of rebels remained.