Philippines: Army, NPA clash in Apayao; guns, explosive seized

Several high-powered firearms and an explosive were recovered when elements of the Philippine Army (PA) figured in two separate armed encounters with suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Flora, Apayao over the weekend, the military bared Monday, March 15.

Lt. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr., commander of Northern Luzon Command (NoLCom), said that the first encounter transpired in Barangay Mallig around 10 a.m. Sunday after members of the 17th Infantry Battalion clashed with an undetermined number of armed men.

The soldiers were conducting a focused military operation when they were fired upon by the unidentified men, he said. The skirmish lasted for about 15 minutes until the enemies were forced to withdraw, leaving behind two M16 rifles and an improvised explosive device (IED).

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Source: Manila Bulletin