band of armed men

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Pursuing soldiers encountered another band of armed men, also from the BIFF, that triggered a 15-minute firefight in Barangay Dungguan, Datu Montawal, Maguindanao.
The Abu Sayyaf has dwindled from a group with avowed political and ideological objectives to weaken the governance structure in Sulu, Tawi-Tawi and Basilan, into a loose and disparate band of armed men reduced to banditry.
He said tribal communities should never be afraid of the NPA because the rebels are just a small band of armed men. One positive step is the fact that residents are coming forward to become peace volunteers and secure the ancestral domain.
Sabah police believed a band of armed men, who attacked a fishing boat in Segama, Kinabatangan recently were not members of a militant group.
On 19 July in 1947, seven independence leaders of Burma were assassinated by a band of armed men while they were holding a cabinet meeting at 'The Secretariat' or Government House in downtown Rangoon.
"Resistance is not a band of armed men hell-bent on wreaking havoc.
Summary: Resistance is not a band of armed men hell-bent on wreaking havoc.
Rumours of an imminent attack by a Genoese war fleet were to be spread for the night of April 15th and in the alarm and confusion, a band of armed men, led by a member of the doge's family and ostensibly acting to protect him, were to kill as many nobles as they could and then proclaim Falier as Prince of Venice.
Frequently, a band of armed men in disguise made several attacks in a single night.
Commandos of Zulu Company spotted a nervous band of armed men runing into a mud- brick building suspected of holding a weapons cache.
Marcos' small band of armed men have never been a match for the Mexican military, but he has proven adept at public relations, and the caravan to Mexico City is attracting significant press coverage.
The businessman, Jee Ick-joo, was taken from his home in Angeles City in October 2016, along with a housemaid, by a band of armed men who had barged into the house announcing a drug raid.