MANILA, (PNA) — A trooper and a militiaman was killed while three others were hurt after New People’s Army (NPA) attacked and destroyed a government security outpost in Sitio Lantad, Brgy Kibanban,Balingasag, Misamis Oriental Sunday early morning.
Capt. Christian Uy, 4th Infantry Division spokesperson, said that the assault took place around 1:00 a.m.
He added that the outpost, made of light materials, was quickly set ablaze from rebel gun fire prompting soldiers and militiamen sheltering there to bolt out in the open.
Uy declined to identify the fatalities pending notification of the latter’s next-of-kin.
Prior to their attack on the security outpost, the rebels then went from house-to-house and hogtied civilians especially those identified to be supporting the peace and development efforts in the locality.
The NPAs quickly fled. Troopers from the 58th Infantry Battalion are now conducting pursuit operations against them.