Wednesday, September 2, 2015

NPA training camp in Bukidnon seized

From Malaya Business Insight (Sep 2): NPA training camp in Bukidnon seized

GOVERNMENT forces seized a training facility of the communist New People’s Army while conducting security operations in Kitaotao town in Bukidnon Sunday, a military official reported yesterday.
The operation also resulted in the recovery of war materiel, including two firearms and two improvised bombs, said Capt. Norman Tagros, civil military operations officer of the Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion.
Tagros said 8th IB soldiers were deployed to barangay White Kulaman after receiving information from a local resident that the NPA rebels were keeping an arms cache in the area.

While on patrol, the soldiers found a firing range which the NPA has abandoned.

The troops found in the facility an M14 rifle, a grenade launcher, two improvised bombs, 12 sets of military battle dress uniform, a sack of steel bars used as fragments for improvised bombs, blasting caps, steel bar cutter, and a five-meter detonating cord.

Also found at the facility was a book, titled “New People’s Army Demolition Course Manual,” which Tagros said may have been used by the rebels in training recruits in the manufacture of improvised bombs.
Military and police operatives stepped up counter-insurgency operations in the barangay last August 26. Security forces have seized from the rebel group a huge number of firearms, improvised bombs and materials used in the manufacture of bombs.
Tagros said the barangay has been suffering from NPA atrocities in the past years.

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