The military here has intensified its pursuit operations against a band of communist guerillas who have been harassing farmers in a remote village in
Government forces belonging to 39th Infantry Battalion and New Peoples Army (NPA) clashed Friday dawn in Barangay Balite, Magpet,
North Cotabato that left two rebels killed, according to
Capt. Danny Boy Catapang.
Catapang, speaking for the 39th IB, said two high powered firearms were also seized during the 5 a.m. clash in Sitio Lukuakon, Balite and in nearby Sitio Boay-Boay, Barangay Basak, also in Magpet, one of the towns in North Cotabato infiltrated by communist rebels.
Tapang said residents of two sub-villages tipped off the military about the presence of heavily armed NPAs asking food supplies from farmers at gun point.
As the military was responding, they were fired upon by about 40 NPAs, triggering a brief fire fight.
Another fire fight erupted in nearby village when retreating guerillas clashed with another group of soldiers.
Government forces recovered one high powered firearms and improvised bomb making materials from slain rebels who remained unidentified.
No casualty was reported on government side, Catapang said.
Clearing operations are still on going after reports that NPAs from nearby villages in the borders of North Cotabato and
have been massing. Davao City