5 soldiers wounded in clash with NPA rebels PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 27 June 2013 11:33

Five soldiers belonging to the Army’s 1st Infantry Division’s 53rd Infantry Battalion sustained minor injuries following a clash with 50 heavily-armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Lakewood, Zamboanga del Sur Tuesday morning.

The troopers were wounded by metal fragments after the rebels detonated a landmine at Sitio Ludiaw, Barangay Dagum, Lakewood town.

Capt. Jefferson Somera, 1st Infantry Division spokesperson, said the encounter took place around 8:00 a.m. as three platoons of the 53rd Infantry Battalion under Lt. Col. Victor S. Tangawohn were conducting security operations in the locality.

The rebels’ presence was reported to the military by concerned civilians.

Somera said the firefight lasted for two hours before the rebels retreated taking with them an undetermined number of casualty or wounded.

Pursuit operation is ongoing.