Two suspected New People’s Army (NPA) members were killed in a clash with government troops in Leon B. Postigo, Zamboanga del Norte, Wednesday afternoon, the military said.

The clash also resulted in the wounding of another rebel and a soldier, as well as the recovery of an M16 rifle from the rebel side, Capt. Alberto Caber, spokesman of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said.

Members of the 10th Infantry Battalion were conducting security patrols in Sitio Napolan, Brgy.Tinuyop, around 3 p.m. when they encountered about 20 rebels, Caber said.

Lt. Col. Taharudin Ampatuan, commander of the 10th IB, said his troops went to the area to respond to reports that rebels were again extorting from residents.

The rebels fled after an hour of fighting, Ampatuan said, adding that troops were still conducting pursuit operations as of Wednesday evening. (John Roson)

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