Government troops overrun suspected NPA camp in Ifugao

  • July 11, 2017
  • Marcelo B. Lihgawon

TINOC, Ifugao, July 11 (PIA) - -  A suspected New People’s Army’s (NPA) encampment was overrun by government troops at around 2:30 am Monday  at sitio Abaka, barangay Dango in this municipality.

Soldiers from the Army's 54th Infantry Battalion discovered the encampment with 38 tents after a 25-minutes gun battle with alleged NPA members under the Nona del Rosario Command.

The troopers also recovered two M16A1 assault rifles, two Icom Radios, five bandoliers, two Rifle Grenades, eight backpacks, one pack grind marijuana, different electronic devices, assorted medical paraphernalia, subversive documents and personal belongings.

No casualty was reported   but government forces believe that the enemy suffered numerous casualties due to scattered blood stains in the encounter site but were taken away by their comrades who managed to escape and hide due to darkness.

Lt Col Nicolas J Quemado Jr, Commanding Officer of 54th Infantry Battalion, commended the operating troops and advised them to be vigilant while the combat operation is still on-going.

 “Our troops only responded to information given by a civilian. The group of rebels is conducting banditry in their community causing fear among their tribe. The civilian added that the said rebels are conducting extortion activities.” he stated.

He appealed to the rebels to lay down their firearms and avail the Comprehensive Local Integration Program of the government.  (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)

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