Monday, May 20, 2019

Army recovers ammo at encounter site

MILITARY troopers seized ammunition after they engaged in a firefight with suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in Sitio Suli, Barangay Talalak, Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental Thursday.

Lieutenant Colonel Randy Pagunuran, commanding officer of the 94th Infantry Battalion, in a statement, said the troops were conducting combat operation when they encountered more or less seven NPAs in Sitio Suli around 1:30 p.m.

He said the firefight lasted five minutes. The rebels scampered to different directions, leaving some war materials and personal belongings.

He added that there was no casualty on the government’s side, and they could not determine whether there were injuries or fatalities on the enemy side.

The authorities recovered from the site six M203 live ammunition, four live ammunition of a shotgun, one magazine for an M16 rifle, a pair of combat boots, shirt and jogging pants.

Pagunuran said it is a strong indication that the people of Barangay Talalak are already fed up with the NPAs.

“This is their way of showing that these communist terrorists are no longer welcome in their community,” he said.


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