Troops of the Charlie Company, 51st Infantry Battalion engaged in a 45 minutes firefight with 50 fully armed members of the communist terrorist group in Sitio Lemon, Barangay Kalilangan, Iligan City at 12:50 pm yesterday, April 6.
Engaging troops were instantaneously reinforced by the 3rd Field Artillery Battalion personnel.
Heavy firefight ensued that led to the recovery of the withdrawing enemy’s lair and war materiel.
Seized materiel include one empty bandoleer, one 5.56mm aluminum magazine, one 5.56mm plastic magazine, 2 empty Ctgs of 40mm Ball, approximately 150 assorted empty Ctgs of 5.56mm Ball, Ctgs of 7.62mm Ball and an AK47.
Also recovered were subversive documents, cooking utensils, eight liters salt, empty gallons, 5 kgs rice, and several personal belongings.
Engaged troops immediately cordoned the area.
The pursuit operation was conducted following the focused military operation last April 2 whereby joint elements of the 51IB and the PNP discovered an abandoned enemy encampment that can accommodate 60 to 70 individuals in the same barangay.
“The military continuously assists the police and the local government units in the intensified conduct of law enforcement operations to expedite the neutralization of the Communist NPA Terrorists in the Western Mindanao Command’s Joint Area of Operation,” said Lieutenant General Arnel Dela Vega, WestMinCom Commander.
Troops continue to scour the area.