4 men killed in clash with cops in Cagayan

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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.

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