Armed men stormed a banana plantation reportedly owned by Dole Philippines, burning buildings and equipment used to prepare bananas for shipment.
No one was injured in the attack, and Dole is assessing the extent of the damage from the Nov. 3, according to the Manila Bulletin.
“We cannot still determine as of this time the identities of the perpetrators or group doing this terroristic act and even the motive of this incident,” 403rd Infantry Brigade Civil Military Operations officer Capt. Norman Tagros told the Bulletin.
The men were armed with handguns and rifles and fled to a mountainous area, according to the newspaper. Local police are investigating and the military is searching the area for suspects.
The damaged equipment, according to the Bulletin, is used to clean and grade the fruit before packing.
The U.S. imports few bananas from the Philippines, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Last season, only 410,000 of the 9.14 billion pounds of bananas imported into the U.S. were from the Philippines, according to the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service.