NPA says 1 soldier killed, 7 others wounded in Gingoog attack

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews/13 July) – An Army soldier was killed and seven others were wounded in a raid Saturday on a unit of the 58th Infantry Battalion in Gingoog City, the New People’s Army (NPA) North Central Mindanao Regional Command said in a statement Sunday.

The statement said the NPA’s Eastern Misamis Oriental-Northeastern Bukidnon Sub-regional Command attacked at least 10 members of the 58th IB Bravo Company camped in the barangay hall of Alagatan, Gingoog City, around 5:30 PM on Saturday.

The NPA seized a K3 light machine gun, an M203 grenade launcher, two ammo vests, three machine gun ammo links, 12 40mm ammunitions and two military packs, it said.

It added one soldier was taken captive after a 20-minute gunfight.

The NPA identified the captured soldier as Pfc. Adonis Jess Maghanoy Lupeba (serial number: 863573), 26, married and a resident of Iponan, Cagayan de Oro City.

The rebel group assured humanitarian treatment for Lupeba and his release “as soon as conditions allow his safe and orderly release”.

It also admitted that two civilians identified as Helen Mae Helodo, 14, and Leticia Cabrera were wounded during the firefight but were treated by NPA medics before being brought to a hospital. (MindaNews)