Nine high-powered New People's Army (NPA) firearms were seized by government security forces during a clash with rebel forces at Barangay Andap, New Bataan town,
Tuesday afternoon. Compostela
Capt. Alberto Caber, Eastern Mindanao Command public affairs office chief, said troopers from the 10th Infantry Division clashed with members of the NPA's
extortion unit at 4:25 p.m.
Two soldiers were slightly wounded while the NPAs sustained an undetermined number of casualties in the hour-long firefight.
Recovered from the encounter scene were six M-16 automatic rifles, an M-4, one AK-47 and an M-14 carbine.
Pursuit operations are still ongoing as of this time, Caber said.
Residents in the area reported seeing nine critically wounded bandits being carried away by their companions in the retreat.
As of Jan. 1 to July 7 this year, there are already 105 NPA firearms recovered by Eastern Mindanao Command troops.