Surigao: Army Disposes 77 IHL Prohibited Landmines Seized From Communist Terrorist Group


The 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division through the 10th Forward Service Support Unit (10FSSU) successfully disposed the improvised explosive devices (IEDs) seized from the Communist Terrorist Group (CTG) or commonly known as the CPP-NPA-NDF at Brgy. Tignapoloan, Cagayan de Oro City.

77 assorted IEDs purposely made as anti-personnel landmines (APM) were safely disposed thru detonation by the 10th Forward Service Support Unit (10FSSU) under LtCol Vladimir DC Sta. Maria, the Commanding Officer. The 10FSSU was assisted by personnel from 2nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) Platoon, 2nd EOD Company of the EOD Battalion of the Army Support Command (ASCOM).

LtCol. Sta. Maria said that the disposal operation was successfully conducted with all safety protocols followed. “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”.

Maj. Gen. Romeo S. Brawner Jr., Commander of the 4ID, said that the IEDs/APMs seized or captured from the CTG by the Battalions of the 4ID will be continuously disposed.

MGen. Brawner Jr. added that the recent disposal of the APMs is made to ensure that it will not be used anymore since it is strictly prohibited and a clear violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and the Ottawa Treaty.

(Source: Northern Mindanao DAILY Source Facebook page)

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