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2 soldiers killed, 1 hurt in clash vs communist rebels

TWO soldiers were killed while another was wounded in an encounter with a still undetermined number of suspected New People's Army in Cadiz City on Tuesday.
Colonel Isabelo de los Reyes, spokesman of the 303rd Brigade, identified the slain soldiers as Pfc. Crispy Toledo of Pototan, Iloilo and Pfc. Nazario Benavides of Northern Samar both of the 62nd Infantry Battalion.
Slighly wounded but is reportedly in stable condition in a hospital in Bacolod City is Sgt. Alfredo Isidro.
The families of the slain soldiers were already informed of the incident, according to de los Reyes.
De los Reyes said the 62nd IB troopers were on combat operations in the vicinity of Barangay Andres Bonifacio when they encountered an undetermined number of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels that triggered a firefight.
He added that pursuit operation is ongoing against the fleeing rebels.
Scores are also believed wounded on the part of the NPA rebels due to bloodstains in the route of withdrawal.
The encounter came several days after a series of encounters between Army troops of the 47th IB and Scout Rangers and the NPA rebels in southern Negros during the weekend.
Colonel Oscar Lactao, commanding officer of the 303rd Brigade, said one NPA rebel identified as Donald Ligidligid was killed.
In a visit to the area of the encounter in Sipalay City last Monday, Lactao said they received information that another NPA was killed in the ensuing encounters and three more were wounded.
In Bombo Radyo interview, a certain Frankie, one of the residents of Barangay Andres Bonifacio, claimed that before the encounter, he saw about 15 members of NPA in the area armed with long and short firearms.
He said NPA rebels have seen in the area for almost a month already.
Wednesday, February 1, 2012


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