September 21, 2021

Soldier killed in clash with leftist rebels in Surigao


MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) - A soldier was killed in an encounter with suspected leftist New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the southern province of Surigao del Norte today, a military spokesman said.

Col. Leopoldo Galon, spokesman of the Eastern Mindanao Command, said that a 30-minute clash occurred between the 30th Infantry Battalion soldiers and around 15 leftist rebels in Cantugar village in Mainit town.

One soldier was killed in action, he said, adding that the government troops were scouring the encounter site.

The NPA has been waging a guerrilla war against the government for over four decades already.

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