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Firearms, explosives recovered in Maguindanao

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The military has seized assorted firearms and other war materiel allegedly left by the private armed groups (PAGs) in Maguindanao province.

Troopers from the 90th Infantry Battalion (IB) and the 61st Division Reconnaissance Company launched the operation in Barangay Bentan, Talitay town to contain the escalation of conflict between the PAGs of vice-mayoralty candidates Montasir Sabal and Suraida Ameril, military’s Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) said.

The government troops intervened and conducted clearing operation to bring back normalcy in Barangay Bentan, it said.

While scouring the area, the troops were able to recover Thursday, May 16, one M16 rifle, 4 M653 rifles, two M203 rifles, two M14 rifles, 1 M79 rifle, one Garand rifle, two Thomson, one Carbine, one homemade shotgun, one KG9 Luger, one 60mm mortar, one Baofing Radio, 15 pieces of large plastic drums (suspected to be anti-personnel mines), 12 PVC anti-personnel mine, and four hand grenades.

“We recovered these war materiel which were hastily left along the route of withdrawal of the private armed groups. Our clearing operations continue to this time,” said Lieutenant Colonel Crizaldo A. Fernandez, commanding officer of the 90IB.

Meanwhile, the 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal of the Philippine Army are currently checking the plastic drums suspected to contain anti-personnel mine components and illegal substance for bomb making. #

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