5 soldiers hurt in NPA landmine attack in DavOr

Subscribe Now October 01, 2013 at 04:45pm

Five soldiers were wounded Tuesday morning in a landmine attack perpetrated by communist New People's Army (NPA) rebels in supposedly "insurgency free" Cateel town in Davao Oriental.

Capt. Raul Villegas of the Army's 10th Infantry Division said the government troops were responding to calls from residents of Barangay Aliwagwag regarding NPA rebels trying to "enter" the province.

"They want to enter Davao Oriental," Villegas said, referring to the insurgents. "The people no longer want the NPA so they reported the presence of the rebels. So immediately, we deployed soldiers to conduct security operations."

A rebel was killed in the ensuing 30-minute firefight, Villegas said, adding the insurgents, numbering more or less 25, came from Compostela valley.

"During the firefight, the rebels exploded a landmine as they withdrew, leaving behind a dead NPA," he said.

The military official said the rebels were planning to penetrate Davao Oriental, which has been declared insurgency free last April.

Villegas said the wounded soldiers were promptly taken to a nearest hospital for treatment while the body of the slain rebel was brought by the military to a funeral parlor.

Source: gmanetwork.com



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