Soldier killed, 4 others hurt in latest clash with NPAs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 March 2014 11:17

A soldier was killed while four others, one of them an officer, were wounded during an encounter with some 60 New People’s Army (NPA) fighters in Sitio Tagsing, Barangay Panoraon, Maco town, Compostela Valley Wednesday morning.

Capt. Ernest Carolina, 10th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the encounter took place at around 9 a.m.after two combat groups from the 71st Infantry Battalion, who were conducting patrols in the area, spotted the heavily-armed rebels.

A heavy firefight erupted between the two forces, at which the rebels detonated a landmine.

Carolina said the NPA sustained heavy casualties before making their retreat.

Government casualties were placed at one dead trooper and four others wounded. Their names were not immediately known.

Carolina said the wounded troopers are now in stable condition at the Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City even as pursuit operations are being conducted against the rebel remnants.