Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Troops, NPA rebels clash in Zamboanga del Norte

ZAMBOANGA. Troops clash with a group of New People's Army rebels while checking the reported extortion activity Tuesday, June 9, in Tinuyop village, Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte. A photo handout shows the two high-powered rifles and other war materials the troops recover after the clash. (SunStar Zamboanga)

GOVERNMENT troops have recovered two high-powered firearms and other war materials when they clashed with a group of New People's Army (NPA) rebels in a remote village in Zamboanga del Norte, the military reported Wednesday, June 10.

Lieutenant Colonel Don Templonuevo, Army's 44th Infantry Battalion commander, said the clash ensued Tuesday, June 9, while the troops were checking on the reported extortion activities of the NPA rebels in Sitio Waloangka in Tinuyop village, Leon Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte.

Templonuevo said the troops have recovered an AK-47 assault and an M16A1 "Baby Armalite" rifles and subversive documents of high-intelligence value the NPA rebels have abandoned as they fled amid the firefight.

Templonuevo said there was no reported casualty on the government troops.

Colonel Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade commander, said troops are tracking down the fleeing NPA rebels.

Nicolas said the active participation of the populace is vital in the government's campaign to end communist armed conflict. (SunStar Zamboanga)


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