Philippines: Army disposes 77 IHL-banned APMs seized from CPP-NPA in Mindanao

Cagayan de Oro City – The Army’ 4th Infantry Division (4ID) successfully disposed of more than 70 improvised explosive devices (IEDs) seized from the communist terrorist groups (CTG), commonly known as the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army – National Democratic Front (CPP-NPA-NDF).

In a press release Sunday, the 4ID said 77 assorted IEDs purposely made as anti-personnel landmines (APMs) were safely detonated in Barangay Tignapoloan, Cagayan de Oro City on Oct. 1 by the 10th Forward Service Support Unit (10FSSU) under Lt. Col. Vladimir DC Sta. Maria.

“The biggest of the IEDs is a 20-liter container-sized explosive device that could have easily killed or injured innocent civilians had it not been captured by the government troops,” Sta. Maria said, adding that the disposal operation was successfully conducted with all safety protocols followed.

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Source: Philippine News Agency