NPA Landmine Attack In Janiuay Town, Iloilo Province
JANIUAY TOWN – A landmine attack allegedly staged by New People’s Army (NPA) recently occurred in Janiuay town, Iloilo province.
Iloilo Police Provincial Office chief Colonel Gilbert Gorero said that the 603rd Company of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion (RMFB) were unharmed when an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in Barangay Panuran in the said municipality at 9 AM, according to a report from Manila Bulletin.
Gorero reported that policemen were conducting road clearing operation as there was a scheduled inauguration of an agro forestry support facility in the village of Agcarope.
The construction of the said facility is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and was implemented by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6).
“When the first landmine was detonated, the police patrol vehicle already passed by it,”
Gorero said that a second landmine was found but was not detonated as the rebels handling it tried to evade authorities.
Based on the report, the chief believed that the suspects were the same NPA rebels who blew up a landmine in Tubugan town last December 2020. No one was also hurt in the incident.
“The NPA rebels are the ones who are opposed (to the) development,”
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