Suspected leftist rebels raid jail facility in C Philippines

13:25, July 14, 2011      

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About 25 suspected members of communist New People's Army raided Wednesday evening a government' s jail facility, injuring one of the jailguards in central Philippines, police said on Thursday.

Philippine National Police spokesman Senior Superintendent Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the rebels raided the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) jail in Lagundi village, Catbalogan City, Samar at around 7:30 p.m.

He said there were five BJMP personnel during the raid.

Ten rebels entered the jail and ordered the BJMP personnel to assume prone position, he added.

"One Jail Officer 2 Roberto Lim was shot at the back with an M16 Rifle by a rebel and is now at the Samar Provincial Hospital for treatment," he said.

The suspects carted away three hand guns: a caliber 9mm pistol, a caliber .45 pistol and a caliber .38 revolver; two laptop computers; and a wallet with 10,000 pesos.

The raid was over in ten minutes and the suspects fled towards Pena village, Catbalogan City.

Cruz said joint police and military elements are now conducting pursuit operations and checkpoints have been placed in adjacent municipalities.

Initial investigation disclosed that there was no firefight between the suspects and the BJMP personnel manning the jail, he said.

A certain Gaben aka Manok who was an escapee of said detention facility and a resident of Libas village of the same city was identified as among the alleged perpetrators, he added.

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