CAGAYAN de Oro City--A police patrol car hit a landmine Tuesday morning while in pursuit of armed men who lobbed a grenade at a police checkpoint in Cabangalasan, Bukidnon Monday night.
Two police officers manning the checkpoint were wounded in the grenade explosion followed by a burst of gunfire by armed men believed to be communist New People’s Army (NPA).
Col. Mardi Hortilloza, the spokesperson of the police regional command in Northern Mindanao, said that the pursuing police on board a patrol car hit a landmine Tuesday morning.
He said no one was injured when an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded while the two police officers who were wounded in Monday night’s attack were in stable condition while undergoing treatment.
Provincial Police Director Col. Roel L. Lami-ing, of Bukidnon, has called for an investigation of the incident and filed appropriate charges against the perpetrators.
A few days ago, the communist rebels torched houses and a church in the hinterland village of Opol, Misamis Oriental, the military said.
Capt. Rene Belmonte, the spokesperson of the army 403rd Brigade in Bukidnon, said that a certain “Decoy” of the NPA North Central Mindanao Regional Committee, led the attack of the village in Limonda, Opol, Misamis Oriental.
He said the military and the police in Misamis Oriental launched a hot pursuit operation against the armed group while charges were filed against “Decoy” and his group.
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