Saturday, May 4, 2013

NPA attacks CAFGU Patrol Base

From the Philippine News Agency (may 4): NPA attacks CAFGU Patrol Base

A patrol base of the Civilian Armed Force Geographical Unit (CAFGU) located at a remote village of a northern municipality in Agusan del Norte, was attacked by members of the CPP/NPA rebels early Saturday morning, a senior military official said.

In a local radio interview, Lt. Col. Potenciano Camba, commanding officer of the 3rd Special Forces Battalion, confirmed reports that about 50 NPA rebels staged an attack against the CAFGU patrol base located at San Antonio, RTR Agusan del Norte 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

However, the well-entrenched defenders fought back and drove away the attackers.

"Our base defenders were prepared and well-entrenched and we have sent the reinforcement on time, that's why the attack was unsuccessful," Camba said. The military official said pursuing troopers were able to recover arms, landmines and other personal belongings left in haste by the fleeing rebels.

Camba also said that this was the second failed attempt of the rebels in attacking the said patrol base. The first happened on January last year. Lt. Col. Camba said that they are now ascertaining if the attackers came from the NPA's Guerilla Front 21.

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