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Armed men torch heavy equipment in Cagayan

By: - Correspondent / @melvingasconINQ
/ 01:35 PM March 27, 2017
Alcala town, Cagayan province (Wikipedia maps)

Alcala town, Cagayan province (Wikipedia maps)

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya — Six armed men torched heavy equipment used for a road construction project on Sunday night (March 26) at Alcala town in Cagayan province, an Army official said.

The men attacked a heavy equipment depot of the Pulsar Construction Corp. in Baybayog village and torched two backhoes and a compactor, said Lt. Col. Rembert Baylosis, commander of the Army’s 17th Infantry Battalion.

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The armed men fled using an Isuzu Elf truck, also owned by Pulsar, which they abandoned and burned in Adauag village in nearby Baggao town, about 1 kilometer from the depot.

The owner said the attack cost him P10 million in damage, Baylosis said.

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No group has claimed responsibility, the Army official said.

Baylosis said the attackers handed out a letter to one of Pulsar’s workers containing an extortion demand.  SFM/rga

Arson (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/ CONTRIBUTED)

Arson (INQUIRER FILE PHOTO/ CONTRIBUTED)

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TAGS: 17th Infantry Battalion, Alcala municipality, Arson, Cagayan, Crime, extortion, Fire, Philippine Army, Pulsar Construction Corp., Rembert Baylosis, torching, torching of heavy equipment
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