Outside the capital, soldiers clashed with about twenty NPA rebels,
leaving two dead on each side.
21, 2006: On Jolo Island, troops seized a terrorist camp, capturing weapons and
bomb making materials. There were completed bombs, built within lunch boxes and
thermos bottles. Such bombs had been seen in Indonesia, but not, until now, the
Philippines, indicating that Indonesian terrorists might be involved in
building the bombs, or showing Filipino terrorists how to do so. Indonesia
reports that local Islamic terrorists all report that most of the key
Indonesian terrorists have fled to the Philippines, and other foreign refuges.
17, 2006: In the south, there was a brief firefight between troops and MILF
fighters protecting their boss, who is also a bandit and was about to be
arrested for stealing cattle. Elsewhere in the south, twenty more MILF
rebels surrendered to the government. The MILF leadership is still debating
what kind of compromise they will offer in the stalemated peace talks.