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NPA amazon, soldier dead in encounter

A New People’s Army (NPA) amazon and a soldier were killed while two other government troops were wounded following two separate encounters in Occidental Mindoro and Quezon provinces on Monday.

The military identified the slain NPA amazon as one “Ka Bikke”.

The identity of the killed and wounded soldiers were withheld pending notification of their relatives.

Major General Rhoderick Parayno, the Commander of the Army’s 2nd Division, said the NPA amazon was killed following an encounter with government troops at Sitio Tagbungan, Brgy. Barahan, Sta Cruz, Occidental Mindoro, at about 10 a.m. Monday.

It was learned that one section from the 76th Infantry Battalion were scouring the area when it clashed with more or less 30 armed NPA terrorists at around 10 a.m.

The firefight lasted for about 30 minutes when the rebels fled to different directions.

Meanwhile, the soldier who was killed was from the 1st Infantry Battalion and died during an encounter against undetermined number of NPAs at Sitio Little Baguio, Brgy. Magsaysay, Infanta, Quezon. Two others were hurt in the clash.

Parayno said troops encountered more or less 30 armed rebels at about 11 a.m. Monday. Firefight lasted for about 15 minutes. (Francis T. Wakefield)