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Rebel sniper wounded in clash with army

A  member of the New People’s Army (NPA) believed to be the one who shot an army officer in an ambush early this month was wounded in an encounter with government troops Friday last week.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Rodrigo Sosmena, commanding officer of the
47th Infantry Battalion, two NPA rebels were wounded in the encounter in
Sitio Balas-Balasan, Barangay Manlocahoc in Bacolod City.

It was the second clash between the government troops and the NPA rebels in the area since January this year.

Sosmena said that civilians in the area informed military assets that Ka Ador sustained a gunshot wound in the left shoulder.

He said Ka Ador was identified to be among the NPA rebels who ambushed the team of Lt. Angelo Esguerra while the Army troopers were on their way to a peace and development project in an area adjacent in Cauayan town.

Ka Ador was pinpointed to be the NPA sniper who shot Esguerra who was then riding in the front seat of a military truck.

It can be recalled that Esguerra, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class 2010, succumbed to a lone gunshot wound in his left eye and was declared dead on arrival at the Kabankalan hospital.

He was supposed to get married to his pregnant girlfriend right after the graduation of his sibling from the PMA last March 18.

Sosmena said the government troops are still in pursuit of the group of Ka Ador in the area.

He said the NPA rebels are in a quandary how they can bring their wounded comrades to the hospital.

Army checkpoints were put up along the national highway from this city to check on vehicles coming out from the area.

 SunStar.Com.Ph | March 28, 2012 | Article Link

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