2 rebels killed, assorted war materials seized in Agusan Del Sur clash

MANILA — Patrolling troopers from the 26th Infantry Battalion have shot and killed two New People’s Army (NPA) fighters and recovered assorted weapons and war materials during operations in San Luis town, Agusan Del Sur Thursday afternoon.

In the said operation, the bodies of the two slain rebels along with a CCZ-550 “Barrett” long-range sniper rifle, 50 rounds of M-60 ammunition, assorted war materials, 34 sacks of rice, 10 backpacks containing personal items and subversive documents were recovered.

The clash took place around 3:30 p.m. at the outskirts of Barangay Mahagsay, of the above-mentioned area.

Armed Forces spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said the 26th Infantry Battalion was deployed in the vicinity after residents there reported the presence of the rebels who were on another extortion mission.

After a 30-minute fierce firefight, the NPAs scampered out of the encounter area leaving their dead comrades and assorted war materiel and supplies.

Padilla said pursuit operations are still ongoing as of this posting. /PRIAM F. NEPOMUCENO/PNA-northboundasia.com