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Soldiers battle suspected rebels in Nueva Vizcaya

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Soldiers battle suspected rebels in Nueva Vizcaya

/ 12:46 PM November 15, 2017

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FORT RAMON MAGSAYSAY, Palayan City — Soldiers engaged suspected communist rebels in a 10-minute firefight on Tuesday afternoon in Dupax del Sur town in Nueva Vizcaya province, the military said.

Members of the 72nd Division Reconnaissance Company clashed with the rebels at 1:15 p.m. in Barangay Sanguit and eventually forced the armed men to withdraw, said 1Lt. Catherine Hapin, spokesperson of the Army’s 7th Infantry Division.

The soldiers recovered two high-powered weapons, ammunition and food which were abandoned at the combat area.

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No soldier was hurt, Hapin said.

It was the second encounter between the military and the rebels in that village in less than a week.

On Nov. 9, soldiers from the 84th Infantry Battalion battled armed men in Sanguit, killing a suspected rebel. Eleven soldiers were wounded in battle, the Army said. /cbb

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