Sunday, August 28, 2011

Troops hunt NPA rebels behind Misamis raid

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Aug. 28, 2011) – Government troops continue to hunt a band of communist rebels who clashed with soldiers in the southern Philippine province of Misamis Oriental, officials said Sunday.

Lieutenant Colonel Jose Cuerpo, commander of the Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion, said troops were tracking down New People’s Army rebels who clashed with his unit on Saturday in the town called Sugbongcogon.

Cuerpo said soldiers recovered weapons left behind by rebels after the fighting. “We are tracking down the rebels who were able to escape during the fighting, but we recovered some of their weapons that they left behind,” he told the Mindanao Examiner.

He said the rebels could be part of a group that attacked a police station in Misamis Oriental’s Medina town late Thursday afternoon. The attack killed one policeman and wounded two others.

The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been fighting for decades now for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country. (Mindanao Examiner)

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