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NPA squad killed in Sultan Kudarat smart-bomb strike –military

PALIMBANG, Sultan Kudarat - A squad of communist New People’s Army (NPA) gunmen were killed on Friday, Christmas Day, after a base camp in Sultan Kudarat’s Daguma Mountain Range was hit by a GPS-guided smart bomb dropped by a Philippine Air Force FA-50 jet.

According to Major General Juvymax Uy, commander of Joint-Task Force Central’s 6th Division, residents and local officials had informed the military of the NPA Far South Regional Committee's movements in the area ahead of the Communist Party of the Philippines' 52nd anniversary on December 26th.

A ground assault followed the airstrike which led to the discovery of the NPA base camp in Sitio Kalumutan in the boundaries of Palimbang, Lebak, Kalamansig, and part of Senator Ninoy Aquino towns.

Recovered from the blast site were three unidentified bodies of slain rebels, 100 bandolier bags, improvised explosive device components, a laptop, generators, destroyed firearms, and documents.

Uy said this was the first time government forces captured a Far South Regional Committee base camp after years of operations in the Daguma Range. — DVM, GMA News