Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Army, PNP hunt down NPAs in North Cotabato after roadside bombing

From the Philippine News Agency (Sep 16): Army, PNP hunt down NPAs in North Cotabato after roadside bombing

Military and police forces here have been hunting down a band of communist guerrillas who set off a roadside bomb Tuesday morning that left three policemen wounded, the Army here said.

The explosion occurred at about 9 a.m. on a dirt road in the borders of Barangays Natutungan and Bagumbayan, Magpet, North Cotabato, according to Army Capt. Manuel Gatus, 57th Infantry Battalion spokesperson.

Two improvised bombs went off in succession that resulted in slight injuries for policemen who were on their way to the village of Bagumbayan.

Gatus said the PNP personnel were rushing to the area after receiving reports of alleged harassment by the NPA in Barangay Bagumbayan.

"The wounded PNP members are now safe and being treated at a hospital in Kidapawan City," Gatus said.

Quoting reports from the 602nd Infantry Brigade, Colonel Dickson Hermoso, speaking for the 6th Infantry Division, said at least 50 heavily armed men were seen in the area before the explosions.

Alert civilians tipped off the police and the military about the presence of NPA collecting revolutionary taxes from civilians.

A 30-minute firefight ensued before the guerrillas, sensing more Army troopers were coming, decided to flee toward the Magpet mountains.

No casualty was reported on government side.


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