Monday, January 16, 2012

6 NPA rebels killed in ComVal clash — military

Six suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels were killed Monday afternoon in an encounter with government troops in Compostela Valley in southern Philippines, a military official said.
 
The soldiers were conducting security operations in Mawab town when more or less 20 to 30 rebels, on board a civilian dump truck, attacked them, according to Col. Roberto Domines of the Army’s 1001st Brigade.
 
"Our soldiers put up a good fight by manning their defensive positions and engaged the overwhelming enemy force,” Domines said.
 
Eastern Mindanao Command spokesperson Col. Leopoldo Galon said the troops got wind of the attack through a civilian tipster. He said they were informed the rebels were planning to burn down the facilities of a local banana plantation in the area.
 
Troops backed by armored vehicles came to reinforce the outnumbered soldiers, Domines said.
 
The clash lasted for about 30 minutes, after which the rebels fled, leaving behind their six dead comrades with five high powered firearms — two M16 Armalite rifles, two M14 rifles and an M19 cal. 30 machinegun, which was mounted on top the dump truck.

No soldier was hurt in the attack, Domines said. — KBK, GMA News
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January 16, 2012 9:41pm
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