Civilians’ tip: M-16 rifles, Armalite seized 2 days after Army clash with NPA in Aurora
Philippine Army soldiers reported that they recovered five high-powered rifles two days after their April 21 encounter with New People’s Army rebels in Maria Aurora town in Aurora.
Lt. Col. Reandrew Rubio, commander of the 91st Infantry Battalion in Barangay Diaat, said pursuit operations by his men yielded four M-16 rifles, an M-653 Armalite rifle, along with 245 rounds of ammunition and 17 magazines for M-16.
According to a statement from the 7th Infantry Division based in Fort Magsaysay, Nueva Ecija, the recovery of firearms was based on a tip from civilians in the area.
Brig. Gen. Alfredo Rosario Jr., 7th ID commander, ordered the 81st Infantry to intensify combat operations following another clash with an NPA unit in Ilocos Sur on April 21.
Two soldiers were killed while three of their companions were wounded when NPA rebels allegedly attacked the government troops securing personnel of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The DSWD workers were reportedly distributing cash aid to residents at Barangay Diaat at the time.
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