Rebs kill 1 soldier in ComVal clash
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte – A soldier was killed when government troops clashed with communist rebels in Mawab, Compostela Valley on Friday, police said.
The fatality was identified by Compostela Valley police chief Senior Superintendent Camilo Cascolan as Cpl. Wahid Saijili, a member of the Army’s 72nd Infantry Battalion.
Cascolan said the clash occurred while a squad of soldiers led by S/Sgt. Edilberto Grumo was patrolling the vicinity of the village of Tanawan around 8:10 a.m.
“The soldiers encountered an undetermined number of New People’s Army rebels, sparking a firefight that killed one soldier,” Cascolan told the Inquirer in a text message.
He said government forces were pursuing the rebels.
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