Bad News in Mindanao

BANSALAN, Davao del Sur – A prisoner was shot dead for still unknown reasons by the janitor of this town’s police station around 6:55 a.m. Thursday, police said.

Senior Inspector Deozar Almaza, Bansalan police chief, said Restituto Malait was inside his cell when Gibsam Fernandez suddenly appeared and shot him with a .45 caliber pistol.

DIGOS CITY, Davao del Sur, Philippines—Two soldiers were killed and two others were wounded in a landmine explosion in Sta. Cruz town in Davao del Sur on Wednesday afternoon.

Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said members of the 39th Infantry Battalion were conducting peace and development programs in the village of Sibulan when the landmine, allegedly planted by communist New People’s Army rebels, exploded.

COTABATO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) -- Government troops today captured four New People's Army (NPA) rebels behind the raid on a police station in a southern Philippine city that left one policeman dead and four others wounded, a police official said.

Superintendent Querubin Manalang, spokesperson of the southern Mindanao regional police, said three of the four rebels captured in a raid at their hideout are residents in a village located one kilometer away from the police station they stormed on March 19 in Panabo City, Davao del Norte province.

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