The MNLF Mujahidīn entered into the city at around 3am this morning via the Muslim majority port areas of Rio Hondo and Mariki, from there they have marched through to Sta. Barbara, Lustre, Sta. Catalina, Talon-Talon, Kasanyangan, Mampang and surrounding areas. The city is at a stand still and the mayor of Zamboanga Maria Isabel Climaco has placed the city on shut down, ordering all stores and schools to be closed.
The Mujahidīn have stated that they aim to march upon city hall to raise the flag of Moro independence, this seems to suggest that this attack is not merely a ghazwah (raid) but is an attempt to re-liberate the city of Zamboanga and to return it to Muslim hands after centuries of Christian rule.