8 rebels killed in Nueva Ecija encounter – PNP

EIGHT suspected members of a communist rebel group were killed in an encounter with army forces Friday morning in a remote village in Nueva Ecija, police reports said.

Initial reports reaching Camp Crame said the encounter took place at around 9 a.m. in Sitio Bulod, Barangay Poblacion West, Rizal town of said province.

The reports said the combined elements of Provincial Public Safety Company and 702nd Infantry Battalion were conducting a joint patrol operation at the said area when it encountered the group of rebels.

A firefight quickly ensued between the two sides that resulted in the death of eight suspected NPA rebels. No casualties were reported on the government side, the reports said.

The reports added that government troops were able to recover from the encounter site seven short firearms, two grenades and two cars allegedly belonging to the rebels. Pursuit operations are now underway.

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