Soldier slain in Bukidnon

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A member of the Army’s 1st Special Forces Battalion was killed on Friday following an encounter between government troops and New People’s Army rebels in Barangay Lilingayon in Valencia City, Bukidnon. Captain Joe Patrick Martinez, spokesman for the Army’s 4th Infantry Division (ID), said the fatality has a rank of Private First Class, but his name was not disclosed pending notification of his next of kin. He said the troops were dispatched to check on the reported extortion activities of the rebels in the area when they were fired upon that triggered a firefight that lasted for two hours. The soldiers were able to recover nine high-powered firearms left behind by retreating rebels – improvised explosive device, two AK47, two M653, and five M16 A1 rifles.

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