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17th NPA bomb recovered in Davao Region, and counting

Camp Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City (5 May) -- Soldiers recovered the 17th improvised explosive devise (IED) so far planted by New People's Army (NPA) in Davao region this time along the road in the village of Kauswagan in Lupon town in Davao Oriental Province 1:30 PM Sunday.

Troops from the Army's 28th Infantry Battalion discovered the IED while on clearing operation. Residents said they have noticed suspicious individuals frequenting their village but were not aware that some of them may have planted the IED. Recovered by troops were a blasting cap, main charge composed of ammonium nitrate, an improvised electric detonator and wires.

This is the 8th time this year that Army troops recovered an IED while the total number of recovery from January to date is pegged at 17. The biggest IED haul was last March when troops of the 25th Infantry Battalion recovered six IEDs in a two-hour gunbattle with NPA terrorists in Monkayo Town in Compostela (ComVal) Province. Thirteen suspected NPAs were apprehended in the hot pursuit operation that followed.

Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, commander of the Army's 10th Infantry Division deplored the continued use of IED by the NPA saying, "It is inhuman, unlawful and ungodly."

"No amount of explanation can justify the use of such inhuman weapons that threatens not only soldiers but also non-combatants. The worse is that these terrorists are planting these IEDs along the road which pose great danger to our people," Holganza concluded.

Last week, an IED huge enough to blow a tank was recovered along the road in Maco Town in Compostela Valley Province.

Last year, a total of 11 IEDs were blown by NPAs in Davao region killing 10 government troops and a civilian Rudy Dela Paz in the Village of Managa in Bansalan town in Davao del Sur while wounding another 28 government troops and two unarmed civilians; Rolando Sayan, a "habal-habal" driver was hit by an IED while travelling along the Bukidnon-Davao Highway and a 66 year-old woman Rosario Balisda was injured when NPAs blew-up an IED while she was sweeping on her backyard in the Village of Fatima in Paquibato District in Davao City.

Last March, truck driver Gene Recta was injured when NPAs blew-up an IED in the village of Barakatan in Toril district in Davao City.

Terrorists were reportedly planting IEDs against government troops and as leverage against candidates planning to campaign in far flung areas in line with their extortion scheme "Permit to Campaign Fee." (PIA) [top]

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