9 soldiers wounded in firefight with Reds PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 11 January 2014 13:10

Nine government troopers were wounded during a clash with New People’s Army (NPA) fighters in Barangay Balit, San Luis town, Agusan del Sur before dawn Friday.

Capt. Christian Uy, Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the incident took place at around 1:50 a.m.

He added that troopers from the 26th Infantry Battalion and the PNP’s Agusan del Sur Public Safety Company were on their way home after serving an arrest warrant for Nelson Lugpatan Campos, a resident of Sitio Kipuyag, Barangay San Pedro, when they were fired upon by seven NPA fighters.

The exchange of gunfire lasted for 45 minutes and resulted in the wounding of seven soldiers, one PNP operative and a militiaman.

There were no immediate reports on rebel casualties as the NPAs quickly fled.

Pursuit operations are now ongoing.