Army detachment fights-off communist terrorists

    Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija – A CAFGU Active Auxiliary (CAA) detachment located at Barangay Maguyepyep, Sallapadan, Abra defended itself against an undetermined number of communists terrorists in the morning of August 15, 2019.

    At around 8:30 a.m., the Maguyepyep CAA Detachment was fired upon by undetermined numbers of communist terrorist group (CTG). Firefight ensued and lasted about 30 minutes.

    The government side suffered two fatalities. The first CAA died on the spot after being hit, while the other was rushed to the nearest hospital but was declared dead upon arrival at the Ducam Hospital in Dolores, Abra due massive blood loss. The names of the killed CAA are withheld for the time-being.

    It is yet to be confirmed if the enemy suffered injuries and fatalities.

    Lieutenant Colonel Jearie Boy P. Faminial, Commanding Officer of the 24th Infantry (Wildcat) Battalion, which has operational control over the Maguyepyep CAA Detachment, immediately sent three platoons of soldiers to conduct pursuit operations.

    The 24IB also established checkpoints at the possible exit route of the CTGs, with the help of the Philippine National Police (PNP).

    Major General Lenard T. Agustin AFP, Commander of the 7Th Infantry (Kaugnay) Division, condoles with the families of the killed CAAs, saying that they died for the country and they died as heroes. He also expressed his disgust over the underhanded tactics of the communist terrorists.

    “It is a sad day for us in the 7ID as we lost good CAA men who did what they can to defend their base. For those culprits who are on the run right now, these communist terrorists who do nothing but take advantage of the weak, be assured that the full force of the law will be upon you. We will not stop until we have given justice to the deaths of our men,” said Major General Agustin.

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