NPA fighter wounded, captured in Samar encounter

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Troopers from the 20th Infantry Battalion captured a New People’s Army (NPA) fighter who was wounded during an encounter in Barangay Bolao, Basey town, Samar Sunday noon.

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Lt. Col. Miguel E. Ceballos, 20th Infantry Battalion commander, said that his men were conducting patrol in the wake of reports about the NPA presence in the area.

At this point, the rebels fired shots at the government troops, prompting Ceballos’ men to retaliate.

A five-minute gun battle erupted, which ended with the rebels fleeing, taking with them an undetermined number of casualties, Ceballos said.

Pursuing troops found and captured one of the wounded rebels, whom the NPA abandoned to expedite their escape.

The wounded rebel was immediately airlifted to the Camp Lukban Station Hospital for treatment.

Recovered from the wounded rebel were an M-16 automatic rifle, ammunition, and personal belongings.

There was no casualty on the side of the government troops, Ceballos said. PNA

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