Troopers, NPA rebels clash in Zamboanga Del Norte

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Troopers from the 1st Infantry Division have successfully driven off a force of 40 New People’s Army (NPA) fighters during an encounter at the boundaries of Sitio San Isidro, Barangay Sta. Maria and Sitio Lapanan, Barangay Morob, Leon B. Postego town, Zamboanga Del Norte Friday morning.

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This took place around 9 a.m. No casualties were sustained by government forces, Maj. Edmond Abella, the unit’s spokesperson, said.

He added that the encounter was in response to a report by concerned citizens regarding the presence of the heavily-armed rebels in their communities.

Abella said their troopers were able to outmaneuver the NPAs who were occupying a higher ground but later backed off when additional troops arrived.

He believes the NPAs sustained several casualties as evidenced by the bloodstains in their routes of withdrawal.

Recovered were assorted propaganda materials, personal belongings, and various subversive documents of high intelligence value. PNA

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