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Soldiers kill 2 armed men in Isabela gun battle

JONES, ISABELA — Two armed men were killed in a five-minute clash with soldiers on Monday at San Mariano town in Isabela province.

A team deployed by the Philippine Army’s 86th Infantry Battalion engaged a group of men at 4:30 a.m. in Sitio (subvillage) Lumalog in Cadsalan village, after receiving an alert regarding armed men scouring the community to extort money and food, according to a report from Lt. Col. Jose Vladimir Cagara, 86th IB commander.

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Cagara said they believe the armed men were communist rebels. The two men who were slain in the firefight were wielding a shotgun and a rifle. The bodies were brought to a funeral parlor for autopsy. JE

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