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Military looks into possible lapses leading to Agusan del Sur NPA attack

/ 06:35 PM December 19, 2018

DAVAO CITY — The military is looking into a possible security breach leading to the attack of the New People’s Army (NPA) on a militia patrol base in Sibagat town, Agusan del Sur on Wednesday that resulted in the abduction of several soldiers and militiamen, a regional military spokesperson said.

Lt. Col. Ezra Balagtey, Eastern Mindanao Command (EMC) spokesperson, said the Army’s 4th Infantry Division had constituted a board of inquiry to look into the incident, including possible security lapses on the part of the government troops taken hostage by the NPA.

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It was not immediately known how many troops were at the militia outpost in New Tubigon village when it was overrun by some 50 NPA guerrillas at 4 a.m. on Wednesday, Balagtey said.

The NPA in Northern Mindanao, through its spokesperson Sandara Amihan told a local radio station that the rebel group had captured two soldiers and 12 militiamen and seized over a dozen rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

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“The raid happened during the wee hours of the morning (and) as to how it happened, it will be part of the inquiry,” Balagtey told the Inquirer by mobile phone. /ee

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