Troops overrun rebel camp-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
A SOLDIER was killed while five others were wounded when government troops attacked and overran a camp of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the hinterlands of Misamis Occidental, a military official said Wednesday.
Captain Jefferson Mamauag, army’s First Infantry Division information officer, said the rebels were overrun Tuesday in the boundaries of Canao-Canao and Mapurog villages in the town of Bonifacio, Misamis Occidental.
Mamauag said the troops from the Army’s 55th Infantry Battalion and 15th Division Reconnaissance Company caught the rebels by surprise.
He said the location of the NPA rebels’ camp was discovered through the information provided to them by concerned residents.
Mamauag said the NPAs scampered to different directions following an almost three-hour firefight, abandoning their personal belongings, subversive documents with high intelligence value, propaganda materials and foodstuffs.
The NPA rebels who are from the Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee were believed to have casualties who were dragged by their comrades when they retreated as bloodstains were visible in their withdrawal paths, said Mamauag.
He did not divulge the identities of the slain soldier as well as those wounded, saying they will notify first their next of kin.
He said the fallen NPA camp has 70 bunkers, four advanced command posts that can accommodate more or less 100 rebels, and it has enough space that can be a basketball and volleyball playing areas.
He said the troops have also recovered from the clash site a hand grenade, one KG9 sub-machinegun, one sack of medical kit, assorted ammunitions, electrical wirings, four blasting caps, detonator switch, six radio transceivers and one cellular phone used for making improvised explosive device.