Monday, July 28, 2014

4 troopers hurt in Zamboanga Del Sur ambush

From the Philippine News Agency (Jul 28): 4 troopers hurt in Zamboanga Del Sur ambush

Troopers from the 1st Infantry Division are now conducting pursuit operations against the New People's Army (NPA) band who ambushed and wounded four soldiers of the 1st Cavalry Squadron in Barangay Maragang, Tigbao town, Zamboanga Del Sur Sunday morning.

Capt. Franco Suelto, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, said the incident took place around 9:00 a.m.

He said the soldiers were aboard their service vehicle, an Elf truck, and heading towards Zamboanga City when fired upon by the rebels.

Four troopers were hit initially and return fire from other accompanying vehicles repulsed the NPAs.

The wounded soldiers were quickly rushed to the Tigbao Municipal Health Center for treatment.

Suelto said that all four are now in stable condition.

Troopers from the 53rd and 5th Infantry Battalions were immediately deployed in the area to pursue the perpetrators.

“It is unfortunate and sad that the NPA continue to sow terror and violence just to pursue an irrelevant ideology. The soldiers were on administrative movement on the way to a training exercise when they were treacherously attacked by the NPA. It is a random and unplanned move on the NPA side due to their predicament and hardship in the presence of soldiers in their traditional mass base," Suelto said.

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