NPA bomb set off, missing army patrol in Compostela

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) – Suspected leftist rebels detonated an improvised bomb in the southern Philippines early today, barely missing a military vehicle on patrol and scaring residents, a military official said.

Troops from the army’s 71st Infantry Battalion were responding to reports of armed men sighted in Nueva Visayas village, Mawab town in the Southern Philippine Province of Compostela Valley when they were attacked by suspected New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas around 5:45 a.m. today, Colonel Roberto Domines Jr., 1001st Infantry Brigade commander, said.

“A powerful explosion happened and followed by bursts of gunfire, forcing our troops to fire back. Fortunately the blast did not hit the soldiers aboard a military truck,” Domines told Xinhua by mobile phone.

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