Thursday, October 30, 2014

2 NPA killed, Firearms Recovered in Davao del Norte anew

NSFA, Panacan, Davao City- Another Two still unidentified NPA bandits were killed and four assorted high powered firearms were recovered by soldiers from the NPA bandit group in Sitio Kimataan II, Brgy. Gupitan, Kapalong Davao del Norte around 3:08 p.m., October 29, 2014. The soldiers of 60th Infantry Battalion recovered one (1) AK-47, two (2) M16 and one (1) M14 rifles; one (1) unexploded improvised explosive device (IED) and one (1) binocular from the NPA bandit group after around 50 minutes firefight.

There was no casualty on the government side who were still on their pursuit operations. The soldiers were on hot pursuit operations against the NPA bandits after a clash on October 26 in the same barangay.

It can be recalled that villagers condemned the extortion activities perpetrated by the NPA bandits and reported it to the government security forces that prompted the AFP-PNP joint operations in the area.

Local officials reported that other NPA wounded members were dragged by their companions on their escape. “We are not sure if they will survive while on escape, we hope that they would listen to our call to return to the folds of the law for their treatment and safety” a civilian said.

On October 26, 2014, Two (2) NPA bandits who were on extortion activities were killed and one (1) AK-47 rifle was recovered by soldiers and Kapalong PNP elements from the NPA bandit group in the same barangay. The said bandit group fired upon the soldiers of 60IB and Kapalong PNP elements by the bandits that prompted the government’s security forces to return fire.

Eastern Mindanao Command Commander Lt. Gen. Aurelio B. Baladad earlier directed all military unit commanders to intensify its operations against NPA bandits on extortion activities in the region. He also encouraged the wounded NPA members who were able to escape to return to the folds of the law immediately for their safety, treatment and return to the community. “In the spirit of Bayanihan, we are waiting for their return to the folds of the law. We have the AFP’s Guns for Peace Program and livelihood package assistance from concerned LGUs as they will embrace peace. Our civilian stakeholders are with us in these peace and development efforts” Lt. Gen. Baladad said. (INF-PA)

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