- Suspected members of the NPA ambushed government troopers in Davao City
- 2 soldiers were killed, 10 others were wounded in the encounter
- 2 members of the rebel group were also believed to have been killed in the incident
Soldiers from the Philippine Army’s 3rd Infantry Battalion were waylaid by suspected communist rebels in Davao City on Thursday afternoon, February 16.
As per the Inquirer, Army spokesperson Col. Benjamin Hao said the soldiers were on their way to a military detachment when suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) staged an ambush in Bilangkad, Barangay Lamanan in Calinan District at around 4 in the afternoon.
The government troops, onboard a KM250 and four KM450 utility trucks, were conducting a pursuit operation when they were attacked by the armed group who were suspected members of the Pulang Bagani Command of the Southern Mindanao Regional Command of the NPA.
Two NPA warriors are believed to have been killed in the encounter, Hao said; adding 10 other soldiers were wounded.
The attacks perpetrated by the NPA against government troops prompted President Rodrigo Duterte to call off the peace negotiation with the communist rebels.
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