4 NPAs killed

FOUR members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were reportedly killed yesterday in an encounter with the soldiers of the 28th Infantry Battalion in Sitio Palo 2, Barangay Marayag, Lupon, Davao Oriental.

 Capt. Andrew Linao, the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of 701st Infantry Brigade, told TIMES that around 1:30 p.m., government troopers conducting combat operation in the area encountered at least 20 members of the Pulang Bagani Command (PBC) 6 of the NPA’s Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (SRMC).

 Linao said the firefight lasted for about 10 minutes.

 Four bodies were recovered by the government soldiers. No casualty was reported on the government side.

 Troopers also recovered one M16 rifle, four short firearms and one improvised explosive device (IED), subversive documents, nine rice containers, four backpacks and other NPA personal belongings.

 Meanwhile, a soldier was wounded in the encounter in Sitio Banban, Barangay Lumiad, Paquibato District on Monday morning.

Wounded was PFC Ryan Millet, a member of the 16th Infantry Battalion. He was hit in his left thigh.

Lt. Ian Calopez, head of combat patrol cleaning operation, said they encountered undetermined communist terrorists, under Ka Jinggoy of PBC 1 at 11:40 a.m.

The encounter lasted for 40 minutes.

Hot pursuit operation is still conducted by government troopers.

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