Troops foil NPA rebels’ bombing plan in Zambo Sur

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By Bong Garcia

THE government security forces have foiled a possible bomb attack by the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels as they recovered an improvised explosive device (IED), ammunitions and other items following a clash in the Zamboanga del Sur, a military official said Tuesday, June 21.

Major Filemon Tan, Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesman, said the clash ensued around 6:45 a.m., Tuesday, in the village of Ocapan, Miguel, Zamboanga del Sur.

Tan said he troops from the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion were on combat patrol when they clashed with a group of NPA rebels who belong to the Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP)-Kara led by a certain Ka Nathan.

Tan said the firefight lasted for about 40 minutes after which the NPA rebels fled to the deep forest of San Miguel town.

He said the NPA rebels were believed to have sustained casualties.

He said the troops have recovered an improvised bomb, 13 ammunitions for AK-47 assault rifle, a revolutionary flag, two backpacks, ponchos, boots, slippers, plastic, containers, toiletries, and other personal belongings.

The town of San Miguel is known to be an infested area in the province of Zamboanga del Sur.

Tan said the combat operations is in continues support to the police in the intensified conduct of law enforcement operations to expedite the arrest of lawless elements in Zamboanga del Sur.