• 2 more rebels, one trooper killed in new Abra clash

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    The Isabela-based 5th Infantry Division announced that two more rebels and a soldier were killed following a clash between New People’s Army (NPA) fighters and government troopers in Lacub, Abra, early Saturday.

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    Major Calixto Cadano, 5th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the body of two unidentified rebels and four weapons were recovered in the scene of the fighting.

    He added that encounter stemmed from search operations being conducted by 41st Infantry Battalion troopers who figured in heavy firefight with rebel force Thursday, resulting in the death of six NPA fighters and recovery of 13 high-powered firearms.

    Two of the rebels killed in Thursday’s fighting in Barangay Guinguinabang were identified as Abra provincial committee secretary Arnold Jaramillo and Joel Banganan, commander of an NPA unit operating in Northern Kalinga.

    The soldiers were looking for wounded rebels to treat and save when Saturday’s fighting took place.

    Rebels also “harassed” the soldiers 9 p.m. Friday, while the troops were on pursuit, Cadano said. PNA

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