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NPA demands firearms as ransom for 3 hostages

Friday, July 6, 2012

NPA demands firearms as ransom for 3 hostages

Fully-armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels yesterday raided a mining company in Agusan del Sur province, taking three civilians as hostages, one of them a son of the owner of the mining firm, and have demanded firearms in exchange to the safe release of the captives.

Army 4th Infantry Division (ID) spokesman Maj. Eugenio Julio Osias IV said more or less 30 heavily armed NPA rebels swooped down on the compound of VTO Mining owned by engineer Vivencio Ocite in Ridge Mountain, Purok-11, Barangay Bayugan Tres, Rosario town at around 5 a.m.

“The NPA rebels ransacked the compound and held a certain Dodo Ocite and two others as hostages after disarming security personnel,” Osias said.

The Army official said the NPA band withdrew from the compound at around 3 p.m., taking along the three hostages..... MORE

SourceThe Daily Tribune

URL: http://www.tribune.net.ph/index.php/nation/item/1155-npa-demands-firearms-as-ransom-for-3-hostages

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