MANILA, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Death toll in the armed conflict in southern Philippine city of Zamboanga has climbed to 113, military sources said Friday.
Of those killed, 92 were alleged members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) under Nur Misuari, and the rest were ten soldiers, three policemen and eight civilians, said Major Angelo de Guzman, public affairs office assistant chief of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
At least 172 were wounded excluding rogue MNLF members, he said, adding that 111 of the armed men were either captured or surrendered.
The AFP has estimated that around 20 civilian hostages were still on the hands of the MNLF fighters in Zamboanga City.
Tension occurred when about 200 armed followers of Misuari went to Zamboanga City allegedly to campaign for independence. But the government troops chanced upon them, resulting to skirmishes. The armed men scampered and took civilians as their human shields.