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4 NPAs, 2 soldiers killed in Malaybalay firefight

The exchanged of fires last for about fifteen (15) minutes while another five (5) minutes encounter ensued with the government troops conducting pursuit operation not far away from Sitio Green Valley which forced the NPA terrorist to withdraw.

The clash resulted to the death of two (2) soldiers and one (1) wounded while four (4) NPAs died as reported by civilians who saw the fleeing terrorists.

Follow-on Army troops were able to recover 2 M16 rifles; 2 unexploded anti-personnel mines; 200 meter wires, ammunition, magazines for M16 rifle and personal belongings of NPA.

It was learned that the troops are conducting Community Support Activities and were requested by the villagers to set-up Patrol Base in the said community to assist and secure them due to the presence of the NPA terrorists that bothered their community and forced them to give money and goods from the poultry farm.

Meanwhile, Colonel Edgardo Y De Leon, 403rd Brigade Commander commended the civilians for reporting the location of anti-personnel mines. “Indeed, our troops’ timely recovery of the terrorists' anti-personnel mines saved the lives of the public. The continuing use of anti-personnel landmines just proved their act of terrorism which rightfully supports the declaration of EU and US for the declaration of CPP-NPA as among the list of terrorist groups.

On the other hand, Brigadier General Franco Nemesio M Gacal, the Commander 4ID said, “We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved families and friends of those killed soldiers. They made their ultimate sacrifice due to their dedication to protect the villagers in pursuit of peace and development.” The pursuit operations is on progress, we will not hesitate to use our force against NPA terrorists that disrupt the normalcy of peace and order”. Brigadier General Gacal said. 4th ID DPAO PR

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