Acting on a tip, police launched a predawn raid on their hideout, triggering an exchange of fire.
Four sharp explosions jerk me from my sleep - incoming mortar rounds cracking the predawn peace of our tent camp.
A man even admitted to calling in sick yesterday because he was afraid to leave for work in the predawn hours.
The traders said they were angry after learning that their plastic tents, wooden carts, boxes and boards used to display their merchandises had been taken by public order officials in a predawn raid on Tuesday.
Leni said she saw that the fire had started at about 3 a.m. when she was about to wake Samsudin up for a predawn meal.
At the first spluttering sounds of the water ration's arrival through the pipes in the predawn dark, bodies spring from beds to fill buckets and pots.
Awareness heightened in the predawn darkness, my stomach clenches as I mistake boulders for grizzlies.
On the beach at Sandy Hook on the New Jersey shore one October there were hundreds of us assembled in the predawn hours, fishing for striped bass.
In his entire adult life he had never felt anything like what he was feeling now, walking east through the predawn morning.
We collapsed our tents in the predawn dark and left the gear on the broken stones of the former temple as the monks had suggested.