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Guns, bullets seized in Basilan

The Armed Forces of the Philippines seized guns, bullets, and explosives during law enforcement operations in Tuburan, Basilan Friday.

Seized were an M-14 carbine with eight magazines containing 39 rounds, an M-16 automatic rifle with targeting scope and 88 5.56-mm. bullets packed in two long and eight short magazines, four rifle grenades, a binocular, two bandoliers, a pair of combat boots, and one hammock.

Major Filemon Tan, Armed Forces Western Mindanao Command spokesperson, said these weapons and other items were seized at about 10:30 a.m. in Barangay Katipunan by troops from the 7th, 14th, and 3rd Scout Ranger Companies.

They were patrolling the area when they sighted a suspicious-looking person who fired at them. The man immediately ran towards one of the houses in the area and alerted other occupants who ran to different directions.

Troopers searched the area and found the weapons and other equipment. (Francis T.Wakefield)