AFP troops find landmines planted in Surigao del Sur road
Lianga, Surigao del Sur (February 24) -- Combat troops of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Tuesday afternoon found planted anti-tank and anti-personnel landmines along the road of Purok 3 in Barangay (village) Banahao, Lianga town, Surigao del Sur province, a ground army commander reported Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Dennis Godfrey Gammad, commanding officer of the 36th Infantry Battalion, said the landmines were discovered after village folks reported of bombs allegedly planted by the communist-New People's Army (NPA) rebels along the road in Banahao area.
"Our Task Force Intelligence Platoon immediately conducted covert operation to verify the information and it turned out positive," said Col. Gammad.
The battalion commander immediately mobilized his bomb disposal experts to dug up the planted landmines.
He said if not for the full cooperation of the villagers, several innocent civilians and peace-keeping soldiers will be again victim of this alleged "barbaric acts" of the communists.
The anti-tank and anti-personnel landmines were brought to the headquarters of the 401st Infantry (Unite n' Fight) Brigade in Tago town of that same province for safekeeping, he said.
Maj. Gen. Mario F. Chan, commanding general of the Army's Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division commended elements of 36th IB for the discovery of several landmines in Lianga area. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]