Sunday, April 29, 2012

5 People Die in Cam Norte Clash

PILI, Camarines Sur-- Five people were killed including 4 Army soldiers in a noontime attack perpetrated by heavily-armed communist rebels in a hinterland village of Labo town, Camarines Norte today, April 29.

The 10-man peace and development team of the 49th Infantry Battalion was conducting community works in Maot village when at least 50 rebels suddenly attacked from various directions at around 12:30pm.

Lt Col. Epimaco Macalisang, the Commander of the said unit disclosed that the soldiers were organizing a friendly basketball game with some local residents when the firing began.

The soldiers fought back to repulse the rebels and engaged the rebels in a bloody gunbattle which raged for at least an hour. Overwhelmed by the superior enemy, the soldiers incurred casualties but continuously held their ground.

The rebels fled to the mountains, dragging along their casualties.

Two more people were wounded in the said firefight including a civilian resident and a soldier. They were evacuated to a local hospital for treatment.

The 902nd Brigade of the Philippine Army has sent troop reinforcements to pursue the rebels.

No identities of the slain soldiers were revealed pending notification of their nearest kin.

The people in the area have condemned the attack on the soldiers who were deployed to conduct peaceful, non-combat activities in the village.

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