Close  

4 soldiers wounded in NPA attack in Northern Samar

CATARMAN, Northern Samar—Four soldiers were wounded in an ambush here on Tuesday night by alleged members of the New People’s Army (NPA).

The soldiers belonging to the 20th Infantry Battalion were heading to Catbalogan City on board a military vehicle when they were fired upon by a band of rebels along the national highway between Barangays (village) Somage and Polangi in Catarman about 9 p.m.

ADVERTISEMENT

General Mario Lacurom, commander of the 803rd Infantry Brigade, said an exchange of gunfire ensued between the soldiers and the about 30 rebels.

The insurgents looked very young while some were even barefoot, he added.

FEATURED STORIES

After a few minutes, Lacurom said the rebels then fled.

The firefight lasted for a few minutes, after which the NPA rebels reportedly withdrew to unknown directions.

Four soldiers were slightly wounded and were brought to the Army 8th infantry division hospital in Catbalogan City.

Lacurom downplayed the attack, saying the NPA rebels were just trying to seek attention and disturb the on-going celebration for Northern Samar’s founding anniversary.

“Nag-eenjoy na ng peace ditto (People are already enjoying peace here)… ”, he said.

Among places in Eastern Visayas, Northern Samar remains to have an active insurgency problem.

ADVERTISEMENT
Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: attack, Catarman, Insurgency, Northern Samar, NPA, reds communists
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.
newsinfo

Democrats seek Bolton, Mulvaney for impeachment trial

December 16, 2019 08:17 AM

newsinfo

Pagasa: Mindanao to experience rain showers

December 16, 2019 07:57 AM



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.