Rebel killed, trooper hurt in Misamis Oriental raid
A member of the New People’s Army was killed and a soldier was injured, while several firearms were seized when government forces raided the rebels’ hideout in Mt. Obulan of Misamis Oriental, Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.
Troops recovered the slain rebel’s body, along with two M653 rifles, an M16 rifle, AK-47 assault rifle, Garand rifle, and caliber-.22 rifle, said Capt. Ryan Layug, Army 403rd Brigade spokesman.
One soldier was slightly wounded because a bullet grazed his right arm, he said.
Members of the 58th Infantry Battalion and 43rd Division Reconnaissance Company carried out the raid around 5 p.m.
Troops clashed with about 15 rebels at the part of the mountain in Brgy.
Banglay, Lagonglong town, for about 30 minutes, according to police.
Lt. Col. Roy Derilo, 58th IB commander, said the operation was conducted on information from a rebel who had surrendered last month and revealed a cache of four high-powered rifles.
“That same rebel returnee led troops to the NPA’s lair and this encounter,” he said.
According to Layug, troops reported that they called on the NPA members to lay down their firearms but the rebels opened fire.
Soldiers later saw the rebels jump into a ravine while still firing their guns, he said.
The wounded soldier, who refused to be evacuated, believes that some rebels were injured either by gunshots or by jumping into the ravine. – John Roson