Photos released by the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division shows two unidentified soldiers arranging dynamites troops recovered in Surigao del Sur’s Tagbina town. (Mindanao Examiner)
DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 7, 2010) – Philippine troops recovered dozens of dynamite sticks believed left behind by communist rebels in the southern province of Surigao del Sur, officials said Tuesday.
Officials said troops from the 75th and 23rd Infantry Battalions stumbled upon the cache of explosives on a trail frequented by rebels in the village of Santa Juana in Tagbina town.
“We have recovered a total of 68 sticks of dynamite. The recovery of these explosives saves a lot of life. The New People’s Army rebels have been using explosives to attack military and civilian targets in the southern Philippines,” said Army Lieutenant Colonel Triumph Dominic Bagaipo, a spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division.
He said more troops have been deployed in the province to hunt down the rebels who were behind the spate of attacks in recent months. The rebels are fighting for decades for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country. (With a report from Geo Solmerano)