THREE people, including two New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, were killed in a clash with government forces in the province of Zamboanga del Sur, a military official announced Wednesday.

Major Filemon Tan, Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesperson, said the clash took place around 3:05 p.m. Tuesday at Purok 7 in the village of Supon, Bayog, Zamboanga del Sur.

Tan said the troops from the Army’s 53rd Infantry Battalion backed by militiamen were conducting security operation when they chanced upon a group of NPA rebels within the village.

Tan added a firefight ensued that resulted to the death of two NPA rebels and a militiaman.

The slain NPA rebels were identified as a certain Ka Nilo and Ka Cherry, both members of the NPA’s Sandatahang Yunit Pampropaganda (SYP)-KARA.

The remains of the slain NPA rebels, which the troops recovered, were turned over to the village authorities for proper disposition.

He said the troops have recovered an M-16 Armalite rifle, subversive documents, medical paraphernalia and other personal belongings abandoned by the other members of SYP-KARA, who fled leaving behind their dead comrades.

Tan did not release the identity of the slain militiaman.

He said the military continues to support the police and the Local Government Units in the conduct of law enforcements operations to pin down NPA members in the province of Zamboanga del Sur. (Bong Garcia)