2 rebels killed, 4 troops wounded in encounter

TWO rebels were killed and four soldiers were wounded following a clash between government troops and a group of the New People’s Army (NPA) rebels last Sunday, March 27, in the vicinity of Brgy. Tammuco, Sto. Niño town in Cagayan, military reports said Tuesday.

Previous reports reaching Camp Aguinaldo said that encounter between government troops and NPA rebels took place at around 2:30 p.m. last Sunday.

The reports said that elements of the 51st Division Reconnaisance Company, under 2nd Lt. De Ocampo, were conducting a combat patrol operation at the said when they chanced upon the rebel group.

Colonel Arnulfo Marcos, 502nd Infantry Brigade commander, told defense reporters that the encounter lasted for a few minutes that resulted in the killing of two rebels and wounding of four government troops.

The army official said their troops were badly outnumbered by the rebels, but fought fiercely forcing the rebels to withdrew from the firefight and dragging their dead comrades on their escape.

Marcos said their troops then pursued the retreating rebels and managed to stumble on the rebel’s encampment site near the encounter area, recovering foods and several belongings of the rebels.

The army official said that pursuit operations against the rebels are still on-going as of Tuesday morning.

The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, is celebrating its 42nd founding anniversary today (March 29) vowing to increase its offense against government security forces. Anthony Vargas


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