From the Philippine News Agency (Mar 3): IED attacks done to inflict maximum casualties
The landmine attacks in Bansalan town, Davao Del Sur Sunday, which wounded
16 people, five of them civilians, were done by the New People's Army (NPA)'s
to inflict the maximum amount of casualties, Armed Forces of the Philippines
(AFP) spokesperson Major Gen. Domingo Tutaan Jr., said on Monday.
Tutaan issued this statement as he noted that the rebels deliberately
targeted a convoy of ambulances racing to extricate the 11 troopers wounded in
the NPA's first improvised explosive device (IED) attack in Sitio Balutakay,
Managa town around 11:18 a.m. Sunday.
"We can see that the convoy of ambulances we have were subjected to
(an) IED explosion in Davao Del Sur wherein five civilians were hurt,"
This IED blast occurred around 7:30 p.m. also in the said locality.
He added that the attack was "premeditated to inflict maximum
Despite these attacks, Tutaan said that NPA strength in the Davao Region is
on the down swing with just 200 fighters active.
"Their backs are against wall that’s why they resort to these things
even non-military vehicles are targeted by them. They are type individuals that
(violate with) impunity the International Humanitarian Law," he added.