Monday, February 17, 2014

NPA rebels injure 5 soldiers in Abra ambush

From the Philippine News Agency (Feb 17): NPA rebels injure 5 soldiers in Abra ambush

A band of armed men suspected to be members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) ambushed Philippine Army (PA) soldiers in patrol in Barangay Lenneng, Baay-Licuan, Abra at around 9 p.m. Sunday (Feb. 16, 2014), injuring five of them, three of them seriously, according to the report of the civil military group based in that province.

The ambush site is a hinterland area some 35 kilometers northeast of the capital town of Bangued.

Army Captain Regie Go, civil military operations officer of the 41st infantry battalion of the PA based in Abra reported here that three of the injured soldiers are still confined at the Abra Provincial Hospital, while two others were already discharged.

Go said the identities of the injured soldiers cannot be disclosed for the meantime until after the notification of their relatives.

Army soldiers are still in hot pursuit operations against the rebels who staged the ambush. The incident was an isolated case as there were no similar incidents in the past 13 months.

The ambush site was near the place where the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army (CPLA) guerillas under the command of certain “Ka Angat”, one of the trusted lieutenants of the late Father Conrado Balweg, was ambushed by the NPA in 1989. “Ka Angat” and four other CPLA guerillas died in that encounter.

The place is believed to be one of the places in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) where there are remnants of the subversive movement of the Communist Part of the Philippines.

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