The Army's 11th Infantry Battalion, which moved out of Negros island recently, is now assigned in Zamboanga City.
Col. Juvy Max Uy, Task Force Zamboanga chief, yesterday said that the 11IB will help secure Zamboanga City in Mindanao.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines has launched an all-out military operation against Abu Sayyaf bandits in Basilan and Sulu.
Uy is responsible for the security in Zamboanga, and he supervises all Army and Air Force units in the area.
Maj. Felimon Tan, AFP Western Mindanao Command spokesman, said the additional troops stationed in Zamboanga City, apparently referring to the 11IB, form part of their security set up in the campaign against Abu Sayyaf terrorist group.
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the AFP to end the kidnapping and other terroristic activities of the bandit group.
In 1995, the 11IB was among the units of the Army's 3 rd Infantry Division deployed to Mindanao. They returned to Negros in 1998.
On Monday, troopers of the 4th Special Forces Battalion seized the Abu Sayyaf stronghold in Barangay Silangkum, Tipo-Tipo, Basilan.
The 4SFB troopers also recovered several improvised explosives devices and unexploded ordnances from the bandits' 10 bunkers, four tunnels and several foxholes.*GPB
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