Three rebels killed in Agusan

Three¬†members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in a gunfight against government troopers in Barangay Bangayan, Kitcharao, Agusan del Norte on Sunday.

Government troopers also overran an NPA encampment in the same area.

Capt. Al Anthony Pueblas, the civil-military operations (CMO) officer of 402nd Infantry Brigade, said troopers from the 29th Infantry Battalion responded to a report from a concerned civilian regarding the presence of rebels in Sitio Ancili, Zapanta Valley, Brgy Bangayan that afternoon.

Around 4:30 p.m., the government soldiers encountered around 30 armed men.

Pueblas said the firefight lasted for 40 minutes that resulted to the capture of the NPA camp that could accommodate around 100 individuals.

The troopers also recovered five improvised explosive device (IED), a hand grenade, a rifle grenade, assorted ammunitions and a mobile phone.

By 5:55 p.m. of the same day, a gunfight erupted between the two groups in Sitio Ancili, resulting to the death of three rebels.

The government soldiers were able to recover one M4 rifle.

“We extend our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of those killed,” Brig. Gen. Nemesio Gacal, the commander of 402nd Infantry Brigade, said. “It is tragic that they have taken arms against the Filipino nation.”

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