Troops foil NPA raid in Negros Oriental, kill 2 rebels

SECURITY forces yesterday foiled an attempt by a band of heavily-armed New People’s Army guerrillas to raid an Army-militia detachment in Sta. Catalina, Negros Oriental early yesterday morning killing two of the gunmen, a Police Regional Office 7 report said.

PRO7 director Brig. General Debold Sinas said about 20 armed rebels fired at the troops manning the Army-Citizens’ Armed Auxiliary patrol base at Sitio Kakha in Bgy. Talalak, Sta. Catalina municipality at 4:55 a.m. yesterday.

Sinas said that troopers manning the patrol base ably defended their position and engaged the gunmen in a 30-minute gunbattle, which ended shortly after the attackers retreated on foot.

Recovered at the rebels’ position were two unidentified dead suspects.

Also found at the scene were one long plastic M-16 magazine, two short M-16 steel magazines, 25 live caliber 5.56 ammunition, three M-14 bullets, one unexploded hand grenade without pin, a long electrical wire, one spent M-203 shell, one bandolier, assorted medicine, a sling bag and a brown bull cap.

Sinas said that the Sta. Catalina Municipal Police Station went on full alert in the aftermath of the firefight and sent men to investigate the rebel attack in coordination with the Armed Forces.

Forensic experts from the Philippine National Police Crime Laboratory were also assigned to help collect evidence at the encounter site.