Military recovers N.P.A. guns, ammunition in Aurora

Soldiers recovered on Thursday several firearms and homemade bombs in follow-up operations in Aurora following a clash with members of the New People’s Army in the province four days ago.

The recovery of firearms, bombs, ammunition and even communication equipment was prompted by the information taken from  captured documents during the clash, according to the Army’s 7th Infantry Division.

Among the recovered items were three M-16 rifles, six homemade bombs, four mobile phones, 15 pieces of blasting caps, three remote controls, six improvised blasting caps and a 10-meter-long detonating cord.

Also recovered by elements of the 91st Infantry Battalion were 23 M-203 ammunition, four loaded M-16, five commercial radios and several pieces of radio batteries.

On Sunday members of the 91st IB and rebels clashed at Barangay Villa, Maria Aurora, Aurora province, that resulted in the death of two rebels and the recovery of voluminous rebel document.

The document, according to 9th ID commander Maj. Gen. Felimon Santos, contained the exact location of the recovered items.

Santos said operations were continuing against rebels in Aurora.



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Rene P. Acosta covers defense, law enforcement and national security for the paper. He had written for a number of publications, including abroad before he joined BusinessMirror. His works had appeared in the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Asia Pacific Defense Forum, both in the US. He took up regional security with the International Visitor Leadership Program, US. He is currently the chairman of the board of the Defense Press Corps of the Philippines which he had headed in 2009.


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