LEGAZPI CITY — An official of the 9th Infantry Division based in Pili, Camarines Sur said four soldiers were wounded after an undetermined number of New People’s Army rebels attacked their patrol base in Labo, Camarines Norte before dawn Wednesday, said reports that reached the 9th ID at past noon today.
Capt. Randy LLunar, chief of Public Affairs Office of the 9th ID, said the four soldiers, who belong to one section of the Alpha Company of the 9th ID, were resting inside their temporary patrol base in Barangay Dumagmang in Labo town when the communist rebels attacked around 1 a.m.
“The NPA guerrillas had sprayed bullets and hurled molotov cocktail bombs toward the Army’s patrol base but the government troops managed to retaliate against the enemies,” he said.
He said the soldiers incurred wounds from shrapnels of molotov cocktails, an improvised explosive ordnance or IED, and rushed to a nearby hospital.
The soldiers who suffered multiple injuries in their bodies have yet to be identified.
Members of the Community Police Precinct 2 of the Labo Municipal Police Office based in Barangay Bagong Silang 1 immediately conducted a checkpoint along the Maharlika National Highway in Barangay Gumamela in the same town to intercept the fleeing rebels, Sr. Insp. Ma.Luisa Calubaquib, spokesperson of the Police Regional Office in Bicol based in Camp Simeon Ola in this city, said in a separate interview. Jorge Hallare/PNA-northboundasia.com