Wednesday, February 24, 2016

High Powered Firearms, Explosives and Equipment Seized in IED Factory in Kapalong

MAWAB, Compostela Valley Province – Soldiers of 60th Infantry Battalion together with CAAs of 72nd Infantry Battalion seized two high-powered firearms, numerous explosives and various equipment in a suspected factory of improvised explosive device after a firefight with NPAs belonging to Guerilla Front 34 of the Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC) in Sitio Muling, Gupitan, Kapalong, Davao del Norte last February 20, 2016.

The soldiers and CAAs were checking on reports of the presence of IED factory in Sitio Muling when they chanced upon a group of NPAs triggering a 20-minute firefight around 5 o’ clock in the morning. The NPAs immediately fled leaving behind two caliber .30 Garand rifles. No soldier was hurt during the said incident while the NPAs were believed to have suffered casualties as manifested by the bloodstains seen in the area.

The troops also recovered in the encounter site one improvised grenade launcher, 11 cartridges of improvised 60mm grenade, 7 cartridges of 40mm grenade, 5 improvised anti-personnel landmine, 4 cartridges of anti-personnel landmine, 3 cartridges of anti-tank landmine, 18 sticks of dynamite superdyne, 280-meter detonating cord, 11 boxes of 6.35 steel ball, 65 pieces of toggle switch, 200 pieces of Zener diode, 500 pieces of series lights, a soldering gun, an automatic voltage regulator, a mini lathe machine with accessories, a drilling machine, a bar cutter, a grinding machine, a sewing machine and a single phase motor.

MGen Rafael Valencia, 10ID commander lauded the soldiers of 60IB and CAAs of 72IB for their feat against the NPAs and the subsequent discovery of the IED factory. “Our soldiers did not only save lives of our own men but they also spared civilian lives from the NPAs’ wanton use of IED without regard for the safety of the people in the community,” he said.

Source: Division Public Affairs Office, 10th Infantry Division

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