The New People’s Army was able to seize 15 firearms from elite troops of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) after an ambush on May 27 in Allacapan, Cagayan.
Red fighters under the Danilo Ben Command (DBC) confiscated nine Ferfran assault rifles, an M16 rifle and five 9 mm pistols.
Out of the 11 SAF elements killed, seven troops died on the spot while eight others were wounded. The four other fatalities died while being treated in a hospital.
The ambush took place in Barangay Cataratan, which is only about two kilometers from the Allacapan Municipal Police Station. A military truck the 15 police commandos were riding was then traveling along the highway when it was hit by command-detonated explosives. The detonation was followed by rifle fire from the Red fighters of the DBC.
The SAF is an elite police unit trained in “counterinsurgency tactics” against the NPA.