Soldier wounded in clash-A A +A
By Bong Garcia
Saturday, August 2, 2014
A SOLDIER was wounded in a fresh firefight between the government forces and the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in the hinterlands of Zamboanga del Sur, the police reported Saturday.
Zamboanga del Sur police director Senior Superintendent Sofronio Ecaldre said the fresh fighting broke out around 8:25 a.m. Friday at Sitio Kamanse in the village of Tuburan, Tigbao municipality.
Ecaldre identified the wounded soldier as a certain Corporal Sakilan of the Army’s 14th Division Reconnaissance Company (DRC) based in Zamboanga del Sur.
Ecaldre said the clash ensued as the soldiers backed by policemen caught up with around 20 NPA rebels as offensive against them continue in the hinterlands of Tigbao town.
The NPA rebels belong to the Front Committee Kara of the NPA’s Western Mindanao Regional Party Committee (WMRPC) led by a certain Ka Natan, Ecaldre said.
He said the NPA rebels fled following a 10-minute firefight. They were believed to have suffered casualties but were dragged by the fleeing comrades.
Friday’s clash came four days after the government troops overrun an NPA camp in the same area.
The continued offensive was launched after the NPA has staged an ambush last Sunday that injured four soldiers at the Deorok Bridge located in the boundary of Maragang and Lacupayan villages in the town of Tigbao.