3 rifles reportedly owned by NPA found by soldiers

TROOPS of the 66th Infantry Battalion recovered three high-powered firearms from a cache left by New People’s Army in Barangay Ngan, Compostela, Compostela Valley at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

Capt. Rhyan Batchar, spokesperson of 10th Infantry Division, said soldiers were conducting a security patrol when they received a tip from a resident about firearms left behind at the area.

They checked the report and found two M16 rifles and a Garand rifle. They also recovered three rifle grenades and several medical paraphernalia reportedly owned by the rebels.

In his statement, Lt. Col. Gilbert Roy Ruiz, the battalion commander, said the  firearms were left by the communist rebels who were responsible for IED attacks, harrassments and extortion activities in the province.

Last Friday, soldiers of 69th Infantry Battalion reportedly recovered another improvise explosive device at Sitio Butay, Barangay Pamintaran in Maragusan, Compostela Valley .

Batchar said troops were checking on the report from a resident that communist rebels were planting landmines to target soldiers.

They disarmed the bomb and seized the 100-meter electrical wire, batteries and triggering mechanism.

“The bomber immediately fled as he was surprised approaching soldiers from the opposite side,” Lt. Col. Ali Luis Macawaris, the battalion commander, said.

“We are thankful that we were able to preempt and no one among our soldiers were hurt,” Macawaris added.

The recovered IED will be turned over to Explosive and Ordnance Division of the 10th ID headquarters for proper disposition.

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