Suspected 'Reds' strafe CAA detachment in Cagayan

By Villamor Visaya, Jr.

July 16, 2019, 9:16 pm

TUGUEGARAO CITY -- At least five heavily armed, suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, strafed the detachment of the Army-led Civilian Active Auxiliary (CAA) detachment in far-flung Barangay Balanni in Sto. Niño, Cagayan on Monday night.

Army Lt. Colonel Jesus Pagala, 17th Infantry Battalion commanding officer, told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a phone interview on Tuesday that the incident happened at around 9 p.m., wherein the armed men fired their M-16 Armalite rifles at the detachment, which houses the soldiers and volunteers.

He said “the Army soldiers and volunteers were able to repel the attack”.

The government troops found spent M-16 Armalite rifle bullets at the site but have yet to fully account for the number.

Pagala said there was no casualty on the part of the soldiers and civilian volunteers in the strafing as they fired back at the rebels, who reportedly retreated at once. (PNA)