Posted to the Western Mindanao Command (WESTMINCOM) Facebook Page (May 11, 2020): Soldiers, communist terrorists clash in ZDS
Military troops clashed with undetermined number of communist terrorists on Monday morning, May 11, 2020.
While conducting combat patrol, troops of the 53rd Infantry Battalion encountered the members of the Communist Terrorist Group in Sitio Pisyo, Barangay Balonai, Midsalip, Zamboanga del Sur at 11:05am.
Firefight ensued that lasted for 25 minutes after which enemy withdrew to unknown direction.
"Pursuit and blockade are being conducted by our troops to track down the fleeing terrorists," said Col. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Brigade Commander.
While scouring the area of engagement, troops recovered two enemy cadavers, two AK47, and one backpack.
"We call on the people to remain vigilant and report to the government forces the presence of suspicious looking people in their communities," said Maj. Gen. Gene Ponio, Joint Task Force ZamPeLan Commander.
Recovered cadavers were extricated from the area for proper disposition.
"I commend the troops of the Joint Task Force ZamPeLan for their remarkable accomplishments amid the health crisis," said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, WestMinCom Commander.
"Rest assured that we will disallow these terror groups to thrive in the communities by exhausting all our capabilities," Lt. Gen. Sobejana added.
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