12 dead, 9 wounded in Davao Sur clashes PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 11 March 2014 11:08

The number of people killed in the series of clashes between the military and New People’s Army rebels in Davao Del Sur has climbed to 12 with nine others wounded.

Major Jake Obligado, 10th Civil Military Operation officer, said that this developed as one of the eight soldiers wounded in the landmine blast succumbed to his wounds around 1:45 p.m.

Around 2: 30 p.m. one of the three police officers wounded in the 4: 30 a.m. attack at the Matanao Municipal Police Station succumbed to the injuries.

Around 50 rebels attacked the above-mentioned police stations.

The NPA force was under the command of one Felix Armodia, leader of the rebels’ Front 72.

The rebel force managed to capture seven M-16 automatic rifles, two 9mm pistols, one .45 caliber pistol and two handheld radios from the police station.

Pursuing government soldiers killed two of the attacking rebels in Barangay Saboy.

The names of those killed in the series of encounters were not revealed yet pending the notification of their next-of-kin.

As of this posting, the number of wounded has been reduced to nine or two lower than the 11 reported earlier.

This can be broken down into seven wounded for the military side and two from the police while the number of fatalities can be divided into seven for the military, three for the police and two for the rebel side.

The slain soldiers were on their way to reinforce the military’s Dongapekong Detachment, also in Matanao town, which was being harassed by the rebels, when the New People’s Army (NPA) detonated a landmine as their convoy was passing through Barangay Asbang.