Friday, April 19, 2013

Troops, lawless elements clash in Zamboanga Sibugay

From the Philippine News Agency (Apr 19): Troops, lawless elements clash in Zamboanga Sibugay

Troopers from the 1st Infantry Division's 44th Infantry Battalion and the local police have surprised a group of 15 lawless elements resulting in a 30-minute firefight in Naga, Zamboanga Sibugay Thursday afternoon.

Lt. Col. Yegor Rey Barroquillo Jr., 44th Infantry Battalion commander, said the encounter transpired around 4:45 p.m. in Sitio KM2, Barangay Crossing Sta. Clara in Naga town.

He said his men were conducting routine security missions in the area when they encountered the group allegedly led by one Baser Sakilan.

A firefight erupted ending 30 minutes later with the brigands leaving behind a M-203 grenade launcher, one M-2 caliber .30 carbine rifle, assorted ammunition for M-16 automatic rifle, M-14 rifle and Garand rifle and one rifle grenade.

There was no casualty on the military and police personnel while undetermined on the side of the lawless elements.

Barroquillo said the lawless group is believed to about to conduct kidnapping activity in the area when surprised by his men.

Pursuit operations are ongoing.

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