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2 suspected NPAs killed in Quirino clash

Two suspected communist rebels were killed following with government security forces in Quirino province in northern Philippines, a regional military spokesman said Monday. 

Citing field reports, Maj. Enrico Gil Ileto of the Army's 7th Infantry Division, said the clash erupted at 9:18 a.m. when patrolling troops from the 48th Infantry Battalion chanced upon an undetermined number of suspected New People's Army rebels at Sitio Sibbagan in Barangay Landingan in Nagtipunan town.

The operating troops also recovered two M16 rifles, an M14 rifle, an M79 grenade launcher and documents the military described as having "high intelligence value."

No casualties were reported on the government side. 

"They have been on the run for several days now. They are the same group which we hit last year and suffered the same losses," Ileto said, quoting Col. Felicito Trinidad, commanding officer of the Army's 702nd Brigade.

The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines. The outlawed group will be observing its 43rd founding anniversary on March 29. 

Peace talks with the National Democratic Front of the Philippines have remained stalled since August 2004.  — RSJ, GMA News
February 6, 2012 5:11pm
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