NPA fighter killed, another captured in ComVal clashes

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/01 June)– A New People’s Army (NPA) guerilla was killed while another rebel was captured following two separate encounters in Laak, Compostela Valley province on Friday, the military reported.

Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesperson of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division, said that elements of 60th Infantry Battalion clashed with NPA rebels at around 8:45 a.m. in Sitio Kugon in Barangay Luganapan.

In a press statement, Paniza said the clash ensued following a tip from civilians about the presence of the NPA rebels, who were reportedly “conducting a road block. “

He said a rebel was killed after a 20-minute firefight.

The troops recovered an M-16 rifle with M-203 Grenade launcher, a two-way radio, 40 rounds of ammunition for M-60 machine gun, a backpack and 50 meters electrical wire allegedly used for landmine, he added.

The second encounter occurred at around 1:40 p.m. as government troops pursued the withdrawing rebels at Sitio Buayahon in Barangay San Antonio, Paniza said.

Paniza said an alleged minor was captured with his AK-47 assault rifle.

He said the captured rebel “sustained a head injury during his escape when he rolled down the rugged terrain.”

Paniza said the government troops did not sustain any casualty. (MindaNews)