TROOPS seized various war materials following an encounter with armed men in Maguindanao on Tuesday morning, December 1, 2020, the Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) said.
Wesmincom commander Corleto Vinluan said soldiers from the 40th Infantry Battalion were conducting combat patrol in Barangay Bulod, General Salipada K. Pendatun at around 2 a.m. Tuesday when they encountered an undetermined number of armed men under commander Mac4.
He said a firefight ensued and lasted for about five minutes.
“Due to our troops’ vantage position, the militants disengaged from the gunfight bringing along their casualties with them,” said Vinluan.
Seized at the encounter site were one rocket-propelled grenade, one M79, one M14, two M16, four 7.62mm AR16, one pistol/sub-machinegun 9mm M10, eight magazines for AR, two M16 magazines, four Bandoliers, one hydro pack, one sling bag, one magazine for 9mm pistol/sub-machine gun, five cellular phones, 26 rounds cartridge of caliber .50 ball, 89 rounds of 7.62mm ball, 48 rounds of 5.56mm ball, one baofeng radio with spare battery and one Cygnus radio spare battery. (Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo / SunStar Philippines)