7 armed men burned mining equipment in Surigao City

Seven heavily armed men swooped down on a mining site and burned its mining equipment at Sto. Nino area, Barangay Mapawa, Surigao City last Tuesday evening, a belated report reaching the police regional headquarters here on Friday stated.

A report coming from the Surigao City Police Office (SCPO) also said that the unidentified men wearing bonnets, armed with M16 Armalite rifles and hand guns entered the mining site of Greenstone Resources at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and round-up the miners and guards on duty and ordered them to drop on the ground.

Immediately, the armed men burned the backhoe equipment and instantly fled to unknown direction.

No one was reported hurt during the incident.

Reinforcing police force from SCPO arrived in the area but the perpetrators already fled, the field report said.

Police investigators in the area are still determining the motive of the incident and identities of the perpetrators.

Chief Supt. Lino D. Calingasan, regional director of Police Regional Office 13 ordered the SCPO and Surigao del Norte Provincial Police Office to jointly conduct an in depth investigation for the immediate arrest of the perpetrators. (PNA)

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