Leftist rebels, gov't troops clash anew in S. Philippines; several firearms seized

16:17, October 29, 2010      

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Government troops clashed anew with leftist rebels in southern Philippines early Friday, a military official said.

Noli Kanashiro, spokesperson of the army's 4th Infantry Division, said in a statement that several New People's Army guerrillas may have been killed or wounded following the 6:40 a.m. fire fight in a village in Veruela town, in Mindanao's Agusan del Sur province due to bloodstains at the site of the encounter.

He said troops from the army's 26th Infantry Battalion under Lieutenant Colonel Richard Patricio were conducting patrol operations at Sinubong village when they clashed with some 30 gunmen from the NPA's Guerrilla Front 3.

"Prior to the incident, several angry residents trooped to the local army camp and reported the presence of armed men asking for foodstuff and other provisions from villagers," Kanashiro said, adding the soldiers recovered two assault rifles left behind by the retreating insurgents.

The military official said helicopter gunships and army commandos are assisting the on-going pursuit operation against the fleeing rebels.

Source: Xinhua


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