2 NPA rebels, 1 Cafgu dead in Arakan clash

TWO bodies of members of the New People's Army (NPA), who were killed in a firefight with the government forces following their attack in a detachment, were recovered on Friday, September 22 at Barangay Sto. Nino,
Arakan, Cotabato.

Captain Rhyan Batchar, spokesperson of the 10th Infantry Division (ID), said in a statement Saturday that troops of 39th Infantry Battalion (IB) and Arakan PNP (Philippine National Police) discovered the two bodies of rebels while conducting pursuit operation against the NPA.

The rebels were killed during a clash with the troops on September 21, 2017 after they attacked the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu) Active Auxiliaries (CAA) of the Salasang CAA detachment.

A separate attack on September 21, 2017, killed a Cafgu member, who was identified as Joel Batawan, and wounded another named Jonathan Lasoy after the reds attacked that were heading to Sitio Valencia, Barangay Sto. Niño, Arakan.

Following the attack at Sitio Valencia, the troops of 39IB and Arakan police immediately conducted a pursuit operation that led to the recovery of two NPA cadavers left by the fleeing rebels the following day.

Authorities recovered from the possession of the dead NPA bodies a back pack containing battle dress attire uniform, subversive documents, and live ammunitions of caliber .45 pistol.

The two cadavers were brought to Alojado Funeral Homes.
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