Soldier, NPA rebel killed in Sarangani clash

SARANGANI, Philippines – A communist New People’s Army (NPA) rebel and a government trooper were killed in a gunbattle in Sarangani province on Thursday, the military said.

Troops belonging to the Philippine Army’s 102nd Division Reconnaissance Company and 73rd Infantry Battalion were on patrol in Glan town when they enountered the NPA rebels in Datal Bukay village just before noon.

An MG-520 attack helicopter reinforced the government troops, said Colonel Leopoldo Galon, spokesman of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command.

The body of the slain rebel, who has yet to be identified, was later found in the area.

Soldiers also recovered an M-16 rifle, an M-14 rifle, a handheld radio, an improvised scanner, a Claymore mine, a grenade, a solar charger, and documents at the site.

The name of the slain soldier has been withheld as his family has yet to be notified, Galon said.

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