NPA attack injures 2 soldiers, 2 civilians in Sorsogon

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    TWO government troopers and two civilians were injured after members of the New People’s Army (NPA) attacked an Army base in Barcelona town in Sorsogon on Saturday night, the military reported on Monday.

    The undetermined rebels launched grenade fires at the patrol base of the Army’s 31st Infantry Battalion in barangay San Lourdes around 8 p.m., said Capt. John Paul Belleza, spokesman of the Army’s 9th Infantry Division based in Pili town in Camarines Sur.

    Two civilians sustained shrapnel wounds. One of the injured civilian was identified as 18-year-old Giselle Emberga.

    Belleza declined to identify the other injured civilian except to say that victim is a 12-year-old girl.

    Also injured were two soldiers who were manning the patrol base. The soldiers, whose names were also withheld, were deployed in the barangay to pursue development projects.

    Belleza said the rebels retreated after a three-minute firefight with an undetermined number of casualties. Pursuit operations are ongoing.

    “The dastard act of terror launched by the CTG (communist terrorist group) placed the community in peril and danger while disturbing the resident’s tranquility by attacking at wee hours,” said Belleza.

    Belleza said barangay residents have “expressed their dismay and anger over this violent action by the CTG members for this is a clear attack on the lives of the people living peacefully in the community which is considered as human rights violation.”