The harassment of a remote military outpost by suspected New People’s Army rebels yesterday in Sitio Kakha, Brgy. Talalak, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental, resulted in the death of two suspected NPA red fighters.
Brig. Gen. Ignacio Madriaga, 302nd Infantry Brigade commander, said about 10 NPA rebels opened fire on the military outpost early yesterday morning and that triggered a fire fight.
The Special Cafgu Active Auxiliaries manning the detachment led by Cpl. Rainier Artieda retaliated by firing at the rebels, who positioned themselves about 300 meters away from the military outpost.
The NPA rebels later scampered in various directions, leaving their two slain comrades, whose identities are still being established, Madriaga said.
Aside from the cadavers of the two slain rebels, government troopers also recovered at the rebel vacated positions three magazines of an M-16 rifle containing 25 ammunition, three M-14 rifle live ammunition, an unexploded fragmentation grenade without a safety pin, an electrical wire, an empty shell of an M-203 grenade launcher, one bandoleer, assorted medicines, a sling bag and brown bull cap.
Nobody was hurt among government troopers manning the detachment.
Pursuit operations against the fleeing rebels were ongoing yesterday.
Maj. Gen. Dinoh Dolina, 3rd Infantry Division commander, in statement, said the troopers managed to counter the attack staged by desperate communist rebels, who wanted to hamper their peace and security efforts, and resulted in the death of two of the attackers.*
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