Two soldiers got killed while another was injured when government troops clashed with New People’s Army (NPA) members in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, Tuesday morning.

Members of the Army’s 62nd Infantry Battalion encountered an undetermined number of rebels in Brgy. Andres Bonifacio around 9:40 a.m., Lt. Col. Chris Tampos, Armed Forces Central Command spokesman, said.

Firefight went on until 10 a.m. and two military helicopters were sent from Mactan Island, Cebu, around 11 a.m. to bring in more troops and provide air support to the engaged soldiers, Tampos said.

Captain Leo Cunanan, Army 303rd Brigade spokesman, identified the fatalities as Pfc. Benavidez, Pfc. Toledo, and the injured, Sgt. Isidro.

Troops are still pursuing the rebels as of this posting. (John Roson)

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