armed band

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Suddenly, there was seen the figure of an ancient man, who seemed to have emerged from among the people, and was walking by himself along the centre of the street, to confront the armed band.
Meanwhile the armed band that was about Patroclus marched on till they sprang high in hope upon the Trojans.
Is not the law sufficient to protect itself, that armed bands must be gathered, as in rebellion and war, to see justice performed?
Eye-witnesses told TAP correspondent in Sidi Bouzid that the cache of this armed band was discovered in a cave in Ouled Moncer mountain (the delegation of Sidi Ali Ben Aoun).
Around about the same time the Greek bishop of Kostur, Germanos Karavangelis, created an illegal armed band.
The unofficial understanding is to raise an armed band and combat the Maoists.
In early July, a heavily armed band of 15 men stormed the tarmac at the international airport of Brazil's capital of Brasilia and robbed about US$500,000 in gold from the belly of a Vasp airplane with 70 passengers on board, according to news service Reuters.
Bill, 22, from Jedburgh in the Borders, three other Britons, two Dutch and a German were snatched by the armed band in the remote Irian Jaya region over a week ago.
Felix Castro, assistant commander of the 9th Infantry Division based in Camarines Sur, said soldiers from the 31st Infantry Battalion were on patrol when they encountered a 20-strong armed band in a mountainous area of Barangay (village) Upper Calmayon around 6 a.
As we share soldiers' families' joy at the safe return of their sons, we express reservation against continued presence of armed bands in and around Arsal Mountain slopes, he went on.