COMBINED police and military operatives have intercepted two wounded suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) aboard two ambulances in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, the police reported on Wednesday, July 19.
The Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Police Office identified them as Joseph Aradillos, 28, of Tukuran, Zamboanga Del Sur, and Jun-Jun Anta, 18, whose address was not immediately known.
The police said the two were intercepted around 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 18, at a checkpoint in the village of Tiogan, Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte, while being transported to the hospital by the ambulance of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The police said they were believed to be among the NPA rebels who figured in clashes against the government troops on Sunday, July 16, at Sitio Biwa in the village of Titik, Leon Postigo and Tinaplan, Sindangan, Zamboanga Del Norte.
Five persons, including two soldiers, were killed while 16 were wounded and one rebel was captured in the two separate clashes.
The troops from the Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion and 20th Special Forces Company were conducting security patrol when they clashed with a group of NPA rebels belonging to the Section Committee FLX “Bravo.”
The troops were detailed to secure a government road construction project linking the town of Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte to the municipality of Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur.
The police said that a team of policemen have escorted the two ambulances going to Zamboanga Del Norte Provincial Hospital for the medication of the two suspected NPA rebels.