Soldier killed in clash with leftist rebels in Compostela

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – A soldier was killed in an encounter between government troops and suspected members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) in Compostela Valley this morning, military said.

Lt. Col. Jerry Borja, commander of 71st Infantry Battalion, said that the clash erupted in Napnapan village, Pantukan town at around 10:00 a.m. while the soldiers were on security patrol.

The identity of the killed soldier was withheld prior to his family’s information, he said.
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