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29th improvised bomb recovered in Southern Mindanao as troops discover NPA camp

by Cpt Emmanuel R Garcia (INF)

Camp Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City (25 May) -- A total of 29 is the newest tally of Improvised Explosives Devices (IED) recovered by government troops in Southern Mindanao following the recovery of three more after the discovery of a New People's Army (NPA) encampment in the Village of New Leyte in Maco town in Compostela Valley province (ComVal) Friday.

Troops of the 66th Infantry Battalion (66IB) conducting pursuit operation against NPAs who ambushed a group of Board of Election Inspectors (BEIs), pollwatchers and soldiers in Maragusan a day after the election discovered an NPA encampment 9:00 AM Friday and recovered three IEDs after few hours of scouring the vicinity at 5:00 PM.

Colonel Roberto Ancan, commander of 66IB said the encampment can accommodate at least 60 individuals and must have been abandoned a few days ago. "Our troops searched the encampment and the nearby areas where the three IEDs were recovered. This is still part of our pursuit operation against those responsible in the Maragusan massacre," Ancan added.

It may be recalled that 48 individuals belonging to a group of BEIs poll watchers and soldiers proceeding to the municipal canvassing area in Maragusan were ambushed by NPA terrorists that resulted to the death of a civilian poll watcher, two soldiers and two Cafgu; wounded three more civilian poll watchers and nine soldiers. The other 31 victims are suffering deep trauma.

On Tuesday, elements of the 6th Scout Ranger Company on a mission to rescue four government troops abducted by NPAs clashed with about 40 armed abductors in Maco town still in ComVal and recovered seven IEDs and three high powered firearms following the gunbattle while soldiers from the 69th Infantry Battalion recovered another IED in Paquibato District in Davao City.

"These developments will benefit our people as they will be a lot safer with the recovery of these IEDs. Our soldiers will redouble their efforts in this fight against terrorism in order to safeguard our citizens." Said Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, commander of the Army's 10th Infantry Division.

The latest recovery of three more bombs puts the record to 29 with 18 IEDs recovered by troops from clash sites and NPA encampments after major gunbattles against terrorists while 11 were recovered by troops after they were planted by NPAs on bridges and along roads which were reported by local residents.

Last year, 11 IEDs were blown by NPAs in Davao region killing 11 government troops as well as civilians while wounding another 30 government troops and unarmed civilians.

Last march, a hauler truck driver of Sumifru Banana Plantation was hospitalized after being wounded in a roadside bomb exploded by the NPA in Davao City. (PA) [top]

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