1 NPA killed in Mati

A DAY after the New People’s Army (NPA) celebrated its 48th anniversary, one of its cadres was killed yesterday in an encounter at the hinterlands of Mati City, Davao Oriental.

Two soldiers were also wounded in the encounter around 11:50 a.m. in Barangay Tagbinonga, Mati City.

Capt. Andrew Linao, the civil-military operations officer of the army’s 701st Infantry Brigade, told TIMES that troopers of the 28th and the 66th Infantry Battalion were conducting operations in Tagbinonga when they encountered members of the Pulang Bagani Command 6 of the NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SMRC).

Linao said the rebels’ position was hit by rounds of 105mm artillery used by the engaging government troopers.

The gunfight lasted for 30 minutes that resulted to death of the communist rebel and the wounding of the two soldiers.

Linao said they could not yet reveal the identity of the two wounded soldiers pending the notification of their family.

Likewise, the identity of the fallen rebel was still unknown.

The wounded soldiers were airlifted to the military hospital in Camp Panacan in this city, while the slain rebel was brought to Mati City for identification.

Government troopers are still conducting pursuit operation against the fleeing communist rebels.

“The Philippine Army will continue the stability operations against the lawless groups that undermine our democratic way of life and institutions,” Linao said.

He said the terrorists should not be tolerated. “They should be met with the full force of the government to maintain law and order,” he added.

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