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3 soldiers wounded, NPA militia arrested in operations in Davao Oriental

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Three soldiers were injured while an alleged member of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) was arrested in separate operations in Davao Oriental Sunday, May 17.

Lt. Col. Alexander D. Banatao, commander of the Army’s 28 Infantry Battalion (IB), said an arms cache was also retrieved.

He said the 28th IB troopers clashed with the NPA rebels at Sitio Piagdugan, Barangay Maragatas in Lupon town.

During the firefight, the rebels allegedly detonated two improvised explosive devices, causing slight injury to three soldiers, slowing the movement of the troops from pursuing them.

The injured soldiers were immediately airlifted to Camp Panacan Hospital for treatment and now under stable condition, Banatao said.

Shortly after the encounter, another tip from a local resident has led to the conduct of a law enforcement operation that resulted to the apprehension of a certain Jimmy Mandabon, alleged hardcore NPA militia, conducting reconnaissance at Purok Lunod of same barangay.

The arrested NPA militia voluntarily divulged an information about an arms cache at Sitio Sigang in the same barangay, that was entrusted to him by the rebels.

Banatao ordered the execution of a retrieval operation.

The recovered items were two Garrand rifles, one (M16 rifle, one AR15 rifle, and one utlimax MK3 Machine Gun within the vicinity of Mandabon’s residence at Sitio Sigang.

The NPA militia was brought to the Lupon Municipal Police Station for proper filing.

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