Army hunting down NPAs in landmine attack in South Cotabato

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KORONADAL CITY: The military have launched manhunt against suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) who harassed a militia detachment and planted landmine on military reinforcement route in Tampakan, South Cotabato Sunday.

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Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Jess Alcudia, 27th Infantry Battalion commander, said the operation was on going in the hinterlands of Tampakan where the NPA operates.

“We are hunting them down, we will not allow the communist terrorist to continue harassing our troops and civilian communities,” Alcudia told reporters.

On Saturday noon, about 30 heavily armed communist rebels attacked a detachment of Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) in Barangay Datal Biao, Tampakan, South Cotabato that left militiaman Mark Lozada dead.

But the attackers failed to over run the militia patrol base as CAFGU members, although outnumbered, fought back.

On Sunday, a team of 27th IB elements were conducting patrol operations in Barangay Datal Biao when the Army vehicle hit a landmine planted by suspected NPA in Barangay Danlag, Tampakan, South Cotabato.

“Two Army troopers of 27th IB, 10th ID, paid the ultimate sacrifice while performing their duties as vanguards of peace,” Alcudia told DXOM-AM Radyo Bida Koronadal of his fallen fighters he refused to identify unless their next of kin are fully and officially informed.

After the blast, another team of 27th IB soldiers responded, rescued the wounded soldiers and rushed them to the South Cotabato provincial hospital in Koronadal City.

He rushed to the South Cotabato provincial hospital where his wounded men were brought after the landmine attack and looked into the welfare of his men, ensuring they get the necessary medical treatment.

Alcudia believed that the land mine attack by the NPAs was related to the harassment it carried out against militiamen in Barangay Datal Biao. PNA

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