MANILA, Philippines—Four armed men were killed in an encounter with police in Cagayan Thursday afternoon.
Initial reports from Senior Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, Philippine National Police-Public Information Office chief, said the clash took place in Barangay (village) Centro Northwest, Solana, Cagayan around 1:45 p.m.
He said operatives of the 2nd, 24th and 8th Special Action Company went to the area to check on the reported presence of heavily-armed men when the encounter erupted.
The firefight lasted for about five minutes, Sindac said.
No one was hurt from the government forces, he said, adding that M-16 automatic rifles, two Garand carbines and two .38 caliber revolvers were recovered from the scene of the encounter.
Investigators are still determining the identities of the slain men.