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Byline: Darwin T. Wee
ZAMBOANGA CITY - The death of two bandit leaders in Basilan was a "big blow" to the operation of kidnap-for-ransom groups in Mindanao's southwestern areas, a high-ranking military official said yesterday.
On Wednesday, military troops stormed a jungle hideout in a remote town of Basilan, killing Usman Lidjal and Ben Mungkay, both tagged as key personalities in a string of abductions in the region.
The raid also killed eight other bandits and captured three others. A junior military officer died during the siege.
"I would confidently say [the killing of the two bandit leaders] dealt a big blow to these syndicates," said Rear …