Thursday, May 11, 2017

Troops, NPAs clash in Calinan

From the Mindanao Times (May 12): Troops, NPAs clash in Calinan

GOVERNMENT security forces and communist rebels at barangays Dominga and Dalagdag, both in Calinan District on Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Raymund Dante Lachica, commander of 3rd Infantry Battalion, told TIMES yesterday, that around 1:18 p.m. of May 6, while conducting clearing operation in Dominga, elements of 3rd IB encountered more or less 10 New People’s Army rebels believed to be members of Andoy Platoon, Pulang Bagani Command 1 under alias Banakon.

A firefight lasted for about five minutes before the rebels withdrew.

On May 10, around 12:57 a.m., security elements of 3rd IB again clashed with the same group.

Lachica said while conducting clearing operation, traces of blood were seen in some households in said barangay.

He said as of yesterday, around 86 families evacuated due to the fear of being caught in the crossfire.

Joint elements of the army and the Philippine National Police are conducting hot pursuit operations against the escaping rebels.

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