At least two civilians were injured when New People’s Army (NPA) members attacked a militia detachment and a civilian community in San Luis, Agusan del Sur, early Wednesday, a military spokesman said.

A soldier’s wife and a militiaman’s child were hurt when the rebels attacked the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) detachment at Kilometer 41, Brgy. Binicalan, around 3 a.m., Maj. Eugenio Osias, spokesman of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division, said.

“Before they (rebels) did it, they fired upon the civilian houses na malapit sa detachment para ipakita na ganun sila kalakas, kaya may mga tinamaan na mga civilian other than dun sa dalawa,” Osias said in a phone interview.

The regional military spokesman declined to name soldier’s wife and militiaman’s child pending clearance from higher-ups, but said the two have been brought to a hospital.

It was not immediately known if any of the soldiers and militiamen manning the detachment, which is under the control of the Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion, were hurt.

The military has yet to determine where the civilians who were hurt when the rebels strafed houses near the detachment were brought.

Osias said they have also yet to determine how many rebels carried out the simultaneous attacks.

“They (rebels) mustered enough numbers para maka-sustain ng ganung katagal na pag-atake, para ma-cover nila pati ‘yung sa community… quite overwhelming siguro, talagang dinamihan din nila,” he said.

According to Osias, rebels want to regain control of the village since losing their influence there last year.

“Nawalan na sila ng foothold doon sa area lalong-lalo na nung nahuli natin si commander Boom, ‘yung guerilla front secretary, late last year. Nung nahuli yan, marami nang (rebelde ang) bumaba, nag-surrender… they want to recover it now,” the regional military spokesman said. (John Roson)

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