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Rebels attack police station in Surigao Norte

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Members of the New People’s Army fired on the police station of Sison, Surigao del Norte, Thursday, but no one was reported hurt, police said.

The attack happened around 8:30 a.m., while pension was being released to senior citizens at the Women’s Center just in front of the station, according to a report from the local police.

About eight rebels positioned on an elevated part of land opened fire on the police station and engaged lawmen in a 15-minute gun battle before withdrawing, said Maj. Dorothy Tumulak, regional police spokesperson.

Soldiers detailed to the town mayor also fired on the rebels’ position.

No one was injured among lawmen and civilians, but the police station incurred bullet holes, Tumulak said by phone.

Members of the Regional Mobile Force Battalion, Provincial Mobile Force Company, and the Army’s 29th Infantry Battalion sent reinforcements to the station and other troops to pursue the rebels.

Brig. Gen. Romeo Caramat, regional police director, condemned the “harassment” and ordered investigators to gather evidence so those involved can be charged.

“The atrocity was a blatant disrespect not to the law enforcers, but to peace-loving residents of Sison,” he said.

Caramat commended the town police for their defense, saying this also helped ensure security for residents.

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