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AFP soldiers hit by government howitzers on pre-Christmas fighting in Northern Samar, rebels say

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CATARMAN, Northern Samar – Rebels in Northern Samar “pooh-poohed” the AFP claim that on December 16, 2017, its units had attacked and caused casualties among government soldiers on “relief operation” but in reality, it was government artillery that had caused more casualties among the government soldiers positions.

It was an encounter that left 4 AFP dead but was made worse when government howitzer artillery accidentally hit the soldiers instead.

The New People’s Army-Northern Samar (Rodante Urtal Command) said Sunday, January 28, this year, it was denying, once and for all, the AFP’s claim that Red fighters attacked elements from the 20th IB troops supposedly on a “relief mission” in Brgy. Hinagonoyan, Catubig, Northern Samar last December 16, 2017.

Instead, it was the AFP unit which attacked an NPA medical mission in the area, said the NPA in its internet post.

According to the NPA-RUC, the AFP troops were conducting military operations in the area to target the NPA unit which was conducting a medical mission in the said barangay.

When the Red fighters were alerted to their presence, they closed clinic and decided to withdraw from the area with utmost consideration to the safety of all civilians. Ten minutes later, the AFP troopers attacked and a firefight ensued which left four soldiers dead.

“The AFP then shelled the area, using howitzers, which hit their own men. This caused more casualties among their ranks,” said the NPA.

“After the incident, the AFP fake news machinery cranked their usual lies. Without bothering to check facts, no less than Rodrigo Duterte himself mouthed these lies. His lawyers even stated that the incident will make it to the “list of atrocities” they will use for the courts to declare the CPP and NPA as terrorist organizations,” said the Samar NPA.

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