Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Troops capture NPA encampment in Davao City

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 20, 2011) – Government troops captured a communist rebel encampment following a firefight in Davao City in the southern Philippines, officials said on Monday.

Officials said troops recovered improvised explosives and munitions in the encampment in the village of Lumiad in Paquibato district. There were no reports of casualties from both sides on Monday’s fighting, but officials said the capture of the camp was victory for the soldiers who were battling the New People’s Army in Paquibato.

“Video footages taken at the encounter site show that the lawless group established a haven in Barangay Lumiad; the camp, located at an altitude of 1500 feet, stretches around one kilometer and is on top of a ridge line. Both sides of the ridge have steep cliffs with slopes that range from 70 to 80 degrees,” said Army Captain Ricky Mercado, of the 1003rd Infantry Brigade.

“The Army troops recovered improvised landmine after an encounter with the New People’s Army. Among the recovered items include personal belongings of men and women, CPP documents, and ammunitions. The personal belongings of women such as pants and underwear seem to belong to minors as the size indicates,” he said.

CPP refers to the Communist party of the Philippines which is currently negotiating peace with Manila. (Mindanao Examiner)

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