PILI, Camarines Sur- A fighter of the New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in an encounter with state troops in Sorsogon Province on Thursday morning (April 16).
According to an initial report from Camp Elias Angeles, the 9th Infantry Division headquarters in this town, a shoot-out occured between Army troops and an NPA group in Sitio Tongdol, Barangay Gabao, Irosin, Sorsogon. The clash happened about 7:40 in the morning, Thursday, April 16.
However, the NPA command in Sorsogon Province has not issued a statement regarding the Army-reported incident.
According to Army report, joint elements of 31st Infantry Battalion (31IB), 1st and 2nd Provincial Mobile Force Company were conducting security operations in response to a report about the gathering of NPA fighters in the area when the clash broke out.
The firefight lasted for ten minutes before the NPA fighters scampered towards different directions, leaving their dead comrade behind.
One M16 rifle, several anti-personnel mines, and other subversive equipment and supplies were recovered in the encounter site.
Hot pursuit by Army troops is still on-going.
Joint Task Force Bicolandia (JTFB) under MGen Fernando T. Trinidad AFP commended the troops for the successful operation.
The Sorsogon NPA has not confirmed if it suffered a casualty.