Troopers from the 87th Infantry Battalion, a field unit of the Samar-based 8th Infantry Division, have recovered two M-16 automatic rifles following a clash with 10 New People's Army (NPA) fighters in Barangay Bugho, Pinabacdao town Friday morning.
The rebels are members of the NPA's Section Committee,
He said that troopers responded to civilian reports that the rebels were hiding in the area when the fighting took place around 5:50 a.m.
The encounter lasted for 15 minutes. No casualties were sustained by the government side as the rebels quickly retreated.
Recovered were two M-16 automatic rifles, three loaded magazines of AK-47 rifle with 100 extra live ammunition, seven empty M-16 magazines and NPA documents.
Pursuit operations are ongoing.