NPA rebels attack packing plant in Davao City

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Davao City (CNN Philippines, April 29) — New People's Army rebels (NPA) attacked a packing plant in Mandug, Davao City on Saturday.

Initial reports from the police said around 80 fully armed men attacked the Lapanday Foods Corporation early Saturday morning. The reports also said the rebels set up checkpoint in the area to prevent civilians from passing by the area. The attackers burned Lapanday's packing plant before leaving the area.

The attack left a fish vendor in the area wounded.

Lapanday's packing plant, which was burned in the attack, is located a few kilometers from the downtown area.

 

In a statement, NPA Spokesperson for Southern Mindanao Rigoberto Sanchez confirmed they were behind the attacks.

"1st Pulang Bagani Battalion victoriously launched 3 simultaneous tactical offensives in Davao City against the Lorenzo-owned companies and ranch starting at around 2 a.m. today," it said.

Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio condemned the attack.

"The attacks perpetrated by the New People's Army today in Davao City are acts of terrorism... We condemn these acts committed by a group that pretends to champion social justice and equality... The NPA is an organization that is not worthy of our trust and respect," she said in a statement.

She previously offered a hand of peace to the local rebel groups in Davao Region.