7 dead, 8 hurt in Army-rebel clashes (Philippines)

BUTUAN CITY -- At least two soldiers, three rebels, and two civilians were killed while eight others were wounded in separate encounters between the military, militia operatives, and the New People's Army (NPA) in Agusan del Sur over the weekend and in a barangay in Butuan City Sunday night.


In Barangay Busguskan a few kilometers away from the city, a still unidentified New People's Army (NPA) rebel was left dead in an encounter last night.

Butuan City Police said 30th Infantry Brigade (30th IB) operatives, headed by 2nd Lieutenants Joselito Ante and Ronaldo Vargas, encountered six NPA rebels at Purok 6, Barangay Bugsukan, resulting in the death of an NPA rebel in a firefight that lasted for 30 minutes.

The military recovered one M14 rifle from the dead NPA rebel, a Springfield brand bearing serial number 356756 with one magazine and live ammunitions.

Police said 30th IB responding operatives pursued the fleeing rebels.

Last Thursday, at least two soldiers belonging to the 29th IB Philippine Army and two civilians were killed when armed and an undetermined number of NPA rebels attacked members of the Special Operating Team (SOT) of the 29th IB resting at Purok 2, Barangay San Roque, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.

The encounter that lasted for an hour also wounded four others, two civilians and two soldiers, military and police reports said.

The reports identified the dead soldiers as Privates First Class Allan Quimotquimot and Elbir Mendez, all members of the 29th IB, 4th ID Philippine Army.

Last Friday afternoon, in agricultural rich Barangay Mt. Carmel, Bayugan, Agusan del Sur, at least two NPA rebels were killed while four Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) members were wounded including female Barangay Captain Perla Ajan of said barangay.

This after 50 fully armed rebels attacked the Cafgu members who were providing security in a "mass wedding" ceremony initiated by the Municipal Government of Bayugan.

Bayugan Municipal Police Chief Senior Inspector Marco Bendojo identified wounded Cafgu members as Consorcio Dealde, Nilo Pontillas, Elmo Gelo and Nilo Ajan.

They were providing security to some Bayugan Municipal Officials headed by Municipal Administrator Charles Anggiong attending the mass wedding rites for the residents in Barangay Mt. Carmel.

All five were seriously wounded but were rescued immediately by a responding team of another Cafgu and military units who immediately pursued the fleeing NPA rebels.

At the course of their encounter and hot pursuit operations, the military recovered detonating cords for landmines.

Some civilians get minor wounds after splinters from landmines hit them. The wounded victims who were earlier brought to Bayugan Community Hospital was transferred to Butuan City General Hospital for treatment.

Von: 29.5.2006 www.sunstar.com.ph

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