4 soldiers wounded in clash between Army, NPA in Bukidnon

September 22, 2015 7:46 am 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Sept. 21 –- An alert Army patrol foiled a rebel attack in a mountain village in Bukidnon on Sunday, but four soldiers were wounded in the ensuing firefight, the military reported Monday.

A report said that the Army patrol clashed with suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the mountains of Kitaotao, Bukidnon while village officials were holding a meeting.

Capt. Norman Tagros, spokesperson of the Army’s 8IB, said that village chief Felipe S. Cabugnason of White Kuliman, a mountain village in Kitaotao, Bukidnon, called the military after noticing a group of armed men, not far from the village.

He said that the responding army soldiers of the 8IB caught and encountered the armed group believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA), which resulted in the 30-minute firefight.

Tagros said that the rebels detonated an improvised explosive device against the pursuing government troopers, which injured four Army personnel. However, he did not identify the wounded soldiers.

He said that the residents in the village of White Kuliman claimed that the NPA rebels threatened to kill them after the village residents reportedly denied entry to non-government organizations (NGOs) in the village last month.

Tagros said the village chief alleged that the NGOs want the military to leave the place. However, residents wanted the soldiers to stay due to their fear that the NPA rebels would take over the place and kill them.

Lt. Col. Lennon B. Babilonia, commanding officer of the Army’s 8IB, condemned the continued deployment of the landmines by the NPAs and urged the local village residents to support the military in their security operations in Bukidnon. (PNA)

LAP/BNB/CD

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