A COMMUNIST rebel who was left behind by his comrades after he was wounded in an encounter was captured by government troops in Compostela Valley Monday.
The rebel, who has not been identified by the military, was being treated at a hospital.
The Army's 10th Infantry Division spokesperson, Lt. Vergel Lacambra, said a patrol from the 25th Infantry Battalion fought with a group of 30 New People’s Army (NPA) guerrillas in Brgy. New Manay, Maragusan town.
The rebels retreated after 40 minutes, abandoning one of their members who was shot in the stomach, Lacambra said.
"The soldiers gave him first aid and brought him to hospital. No one was hurt from the government side," he said.
The rebels left behind a rifle, four improvised landmines and personal belongings.