Friday, April 24, 2020

Kalinaw News: NPA’s IED, HPFA seized by military following clash in Zamboanga del Sur

Posted to Kalinaw News (Apr 23, 2020): NPA’s IED, HPFA seized by military following clash in Zamboanga del Sur (By 97th Infantry Battalion)

While conducting combat operation, troops of the 97th Infantry Battalion engaged in an armed confrontation with 40 members of the Communist Terrorist Group.

The military troops encountered the combined elements of Mindanao Regional Guerilla Unit and HQ-KALAW, Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee in Sitio Butongan, Barangay Balukbahan, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur on April 21, 2020.

The 40-minute firefight led to the seizure of one M16 rifle and one improvised explosive device (IED).

“We will continue to conduct focused military operations and maximize intelligence monitoring to clear the region from the presence of communist terrorists,” said Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, commander of the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan.

Pursuit operation is being conducted for the possible neutralization of the fleeing enemies.

“We will not allow the NPA and other terror groups to continue with their treacherous acts that create fear and havoc in the communities under the area of operation of Western Mindanao Command,” said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom commander.

“We also recognize the support of the local government and the community. Truly, milestones and breakthroughs can be achieved through unified efforts,” the commander added.

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