By DPAO, 8ID PA
November 21, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City – Troops of Charlie Company, 14th Infantry (Avenger) Battalion, Philippine Army encountered more or less 10 CPP-NPA-Terrorists (CNTs) in the area of Brgy Concepcion, Paranas, Samar on November 20, 2018 at 7:50 p.m.
While the troops are conducting combat operations in the area to confirm presence of armed men in the said barangay, they were fired-upon by armed CNTs that prompted the firefight that lasted for 10 minutes that forced the CNTs to scamper to different directions.
During clearing operations in the area, soldiers recovered from the encounter site two improvised explosive device, one rifle grenade, empty magazines and empty shells of AK46, M16 and M14.
"Our troops are still in the area conducting pursuit operation while we continue to validate and confirm information regarding the casualties of the fleeing CNTs, on the other hand, our engaged troops are safe with no casualty", said Lt. Col. Jimmy V. Jimenez, Commanding Officer, 14IB, 8ID, PA.
Lt. Col. Jimenez further explains that the Stormtroopers through the Avenger Battalion will continue to intensify offensive against the CNTs in the area of Samar "to degrade their armed components to further eradicate the CNTs by 2019 in our Area of Operations". "Rest assured that our Battalion will remain to be vigilant in performing our mandated task to serve the Waraynons and in Securing the Island of Samar", Lt. Col. Jimenez added.