MANILA, Philippines — A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed Monday in a clash with government troops in Surigao del Sur, the Philippine military said Thursday.
TThe Philippine military said at least 20 suspected NPA rebels participated in a 10-minute firefight with elements of the 36th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Lumbayagan, Brgy Maticdum, Tandag City on September 11 .
“Residents of Sitio Lumbayagan were very suspicious about the presence of the aforementioned armed group in their area before the incident, so they quickly informed the authorities,” the army said in a statement.
“The troops then reacted immediately and launched a clean-up operation,” the army added.
Government forces recovered an M-16 rifle from the suspected rebels. (Jezvette Mapagdalita, INQUIRER.net intern)
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