CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 23 Aug) New People’s Army rebels raided an army detachment in the southern Philippine province of Bukidnon and seized more than two dozen assorted weapons, a military report said Wednesday.
The report said the attack occurred before midnight Tuesday in the village of Banlag in Valencia City. Other reports said one soldier was killed and a militia wounded in the raid.
It said troops were sent to the town to hunt down the rebels, who fled after the raid, said Lt. Col. Francisco Simbajon, spokesman of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division. “Troops are in the area and pursuing the rebels,” he told the Mindanao Examiner.
The NPA is fighting the past three decades for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country. The NPA boasts of more than 10,000 armed regulars, but the military estimates it at around 7,500.