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Live ammos, blood found at ambush site in Giporlos

The area where the landmine exploded, at the boundary between Barangays Paya and Gigoso, Giporlos, Eastern Samar. (Photo from the FB of Zel Bagunas).

BORONGAN CITY, June 9, 2017–Authorities recovered live and spent ammunition during the pursuit operation conducted after the ambush of a police vehicle in Giporlos, Eastern Samar yesterday morning.

Police report show that operatives were able to recover empty shells for AK-47 and M16 rifles, an empty shell for a 40mm grenade and a live ammunition for an M16, duplex wire, fragments of pvc and personal belongings from the enemy position.

They also found specks of blood, indicating that somebody from the enemy forces was hurt, according to the report.

Deputy PNP Provincial Director Noelito Getigan said that the vehicle was carrying four policemen led by SPO4 Teodoro Dado Tan when they hit a landmine and was fired upon along the national highway in Bgy Biga, Giporlos.

They were on their way to Borongan to attend a PDEA conference, he said.

The policemen survived the ambush unhurt by driving through the kill zone, and returning fire which lasted about 20 minutes, the police director said.

The police car’s windshield was damaged and a bullet went through the passenger door.

Shortly after the ambush, it was reported that police and military forces went in pursuit of the suspects who fled to the mountainous areas of Giporlos and Quinapondan.

Police investigation show that the ambush was perpetrated by more or less 30 alleged communist/terrorist elements.

This is the first attack launched by rebels in the province this year. Last year, rebels attacked the Balangkayan Police office, taking with them important documents and firearms. (Eden Cidro/Este News)

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