Soldiers, NPAs clash anew in Zamboanga del Norte

ZAMBOANGA. Government troops and communist terrorists New People’s Army clash anew in Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte. A photo handout shows the high-powered firearms, ammunition and other war materials the troops recover after the clash. (SunStar Zamboanga)

GOVERNMENT troops have recovered high-powered firearms, ammunition and other materials of high-intelligence value following a clash against the communist-terrorists New People’s Army (NPA) in the province of Zamboanga del Norte, officials said Sunday, July 12, 2020.

Colonel Leonel Nicolas, commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade, said the troops were on combat operation when they clashed Saturday against a group of NPAs in Pange village, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.

Nicolas said the firefight lasted for about 10 minutes after which the NPAs rebels fled.

He said the troops have recovered one caliber .50 rifle (Barrett) with 20 ammunition, one rocket-propelled grenade with two ammunition, one M-16 Armalite rifle, medical paraphernalia, assorted medicines, propaganda materials and personal belongings.

Lieutenant General Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, commended the troops for their steadfast courage in fighting against the communist terrorists NPA and “all the challenges posed by the pandemic.” (SunStar Zamboanga)


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