Gov’t troops kill 2 communist rebels in Aurora
Two New People’s Army fighters were killed Sunday in a clash with members of the Philippine Army in Aurora province, a military spokesperson said Monday.
In a statement, Capt. Catherine Hapin, public affairs officer of the Philippine Army’s 7th Infantry Division, disclosed that the 45-minute encounter took place in Barangay Villa, Maria Aurora town.
Hapin said elements of the 91st Infantry Battalion responded to information provided by residents about harassment activities, including extortion by the communist rebels in the area.
The “intense firelight” started at around 3:45 p.m., resulting in the death of two insurgents and the recovery of one M653 rifle and one M16 rifle with an attached M203 grenade launcher.
Maj. Gen. Felimon Santos, commander of the 7th ID, commended the civilians who are reporting “suspicious activities in their area” for their “increasing trust and appreciation of the Army’s sacrifices and dedication.”
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