• Army captures wounded NPA child rebel in gunbattle

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Troops killed a communist rebel and captured a wounded child soldier in fierce clashes in the southern province of Compostela Valley, security officials said Saturday.

    Officials said troops attacked members of the New People’s Army manning a roadblock in the village of Lunganapan in Laak town.

    Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, a spokesman for the 10th Infantry Division, said government soldiers killed one rebel in a 20-minute running gun battle and recovered an M60 machine gun, a back pack and electric wires that officials said is being used by rebels as detonating cord for improvised explosives.

    He said the fighting stopped after the rebels fled, but pursuing troops caught up with them hours later in the village of San Antonio, sparking another clash.

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