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Rebel killed, rifle recovered after clash in Agusan Norte

A NEW People’s Army (NPA) was killed and a high-powered firearm was also seized by the combined troops of the 29th and 30th infantry battalions after an encounter in Barangay Concepcion, Cabadbaran City, Agusan del Norte, on Feb. 23.

Captain Jonel Castillo, the civil-military operations officer of the 901st Infantry Brigade, identified him as Leo Mindoro, a member of the Sub-Regional Sentro de Grabidad (SRSDG) Westland led by Ricky Per.

The operation resulted in the capture of an AK-47 rifle, two magazines with ammunition, and assorted food supplies.

He said that while the enemy camp was overrun, one of the soldiers sustained a minor wound in his left arm during the firefight.

The soldiers transported the rebel’s body to the nearest town for a dignified burial. 

The military said rebel groups had been attempting to regain control and influence over the community, exploiting its people and resources. However, their efforts were thwarted by the residents’ desire for peace and development.

Brigadier General Arsenio Sadural, 901st Infantry Brigade commander, said, “The courage and resilience displayed by the troops, along with the unwavering support of the people, have made a significant impact in the ongoing fight against the remaining CTGs and their destructive influence in the Caraga Region.” 


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