Wednesday, May 4, 2022

NPA bomb-making components seized in Agusan Norte

From the Philippine News Agency (May 4, 2022): NPA bomb-making components seized in Agusan Norte (By Alexander Lopez)

BOMB COMPONENTS. Troops from the Army's 29th Information Battalion seize some four kilograms of ammonium nitrate and other bomb-making components following an encounter with NPA rebels Monday (May 2, 2022) in Barangay Bangonay, Jabonga, Agusan del Norte. Soldiers also recover assorted food supplies left behind by the retreating rebels. (Photo courtesy of 29IB)

Government troops seized bomb-making components following an encounter with communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the Agusan del Norte town of Jabonga, the military’s 29th Infantry Battalion (IB) said Wednesday.

In a statement, the 29IB said
Monday's clash in Barangay Bangonay ensued after troops were deployed following reports of NPA presence in the area.

After a brief encounter, 28IB said the rebels abandoned their position and retreated, leaving several war matériel at the encounter site.

Troops recovered four kilograms of ammonium nitrate, 100 meters of solid hawk-up wire, two dynamos, a six-meter flat cord wire, five magnets, and 36 1.5-volt batteries.

Soldiers also seized assorted food supplies.

Col. Jason Saldua, 29IB commander, underscored the importance of real-time information supplied by the residents in the recovery of the bomb components.

"We are extending our gratitude to the peace-loving communities for their strong support in our campaign to end the local insurgency in Agusan del Norte,” Saldua said.

The Communist Party of the Philippines-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines.

The Anti-Terrorism Council also formally designated the NDF as a terrorist organization on June 23, 2021, citing it as “an integral and separate part” of the CPP-NPA that was created in April 1973.