MANILA -- A truck driver was injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) planted by New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists exploded in the village of Barakatan in Toril district in Davao City Monday night, the military reported Wednesday.

Reports reaching 10th Infantry Division (10ID) headquarters stated that Gene Recta a hauler truck driver of Sumifru Banana Plantation was wounded in the roadside bomb explosion and was brought to the company’s clinic for medical treatment.

Major General Carlos Holganza, commander of 10ID slammed the use of IEDs by the NPA as he called for human rights groups in the region to denounce the terroristic activities of the NPA.

“Our people have been constantly at the receiving end of inhuman acts of these local terrorists. The wounding of an unarmed civilian in that bomb explosion is unacceptable in a civilized nation such as ours. We appeal to our people and all true human rights advocates in the region and the whole country to fight for the rights of our citizens who have been victimized by NPA terrorists so that they may be brought before the bar of justice,” Holganza said.

Two weeks ago, a roadside bomb barely missed a passing military convoy in Davao del Sur.

Last year, two civilians were wounded in two separate roadside IED explosions set-off by NPA in Davao City.

Last year also, one resident was killed together with four policemen when a bomb planted by NPA exploded in Davao del Sur.

The use of IED has been admitted by the NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, as one of their tactics in waging a bloody revolution to topple the legitimate government. (VR/Sunnex)