DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / July 31, 2011) – A Filipino woman was wounded in a cross-fire after government soldiers and communist rebels clashed in the southern city of Panabo, officials said Sunday.
Officials said New People’s Army rebels attacked a military patrol in the village of Dalisay, sparking a 30-minute gun battle that left a soldier and a 60-year old woman wounded.
There were no reports of military and rebel casualties, but security forces continue to hunt NPA fighters blamed for the spate of ambushes and attacks on government and civilian targets.
“The troops returned fire and successfully defended their positions prompting the NPA to withdraw after about 30 minutes. The incident left one soldier and a 60-year-old woman wounded from shrapnel. The wounded elderly was brought to Rivera Hospital in Panabo City while the soldier was treated inside the camp,” said Army Captain Benjie Arciaga, of the 69th Infantry Battalion.
He said the Friday attack could be in retaliation to the capture this week of a major NPA training in Davao City near Panabo. (Mindanao Examiner)