2 wounded as troops, leftist rebels clash in Compostela

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) – Two soldiers were wounded in an encounter with leftist rebels in Compostela Valley yesterday, the military today said.

According to Lieutenant Colonel Cesar Molina, provincial army commander of the Southern Philippine province of Compostela Valley, local residents have tipped off about the presence of armed men believed to be members of the New People’s Army (NPA), prompting soldiers from the army’s 25th Infantry Battalion to conduct combat patrol in San Vicente village, Montevista, a town in the Compostela Valley province, around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

A 30-minute gun fight erupted as soldiers ran into an undetermined number of NPA guerrillas, and two government troopers suffered minor wounds, Capt. Raul Villegas, public information officer of the army’s 10th Infantry Division said today. Lieutenant Colonel Molina said after the fighting, the government troops recovered two assault rifles, an improvised explosive device (IED), a hand grenade, bomb-making materials and personal belongings believed left behind by the fleeing NPAs from the site of the clash.

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