6 alleged NPA fighters killed in Bohol clash
MANILA, Philippines — Six alleged fighters of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) were killed in a series of armed encounters in a Bohol town on Thursday morning, the Philippine Army said.
The 47th Infantry Battalion figured in a firefight with members of NPA’s Bohol Party Committee at around 7:35 am in Bilar town’s Barangay Campagao, according to the Army.
Responding to a report from the locals, the government troops engaged with the Maoist rebels in six successive encounters for more than three hours, according to the Army.
“They responded to the tip-off given by the local populace on the presence of the CTG (communist terrorist group) forcibly asking the residents for food and supplies in the area,” the Army said in a statement.
The Army has yet to identify the six killed rebels.
Meanwhile, soldiers also recovered seven high-powered firearms from the scene.