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3 NPA guerrillas killed in Sultan Kudarat clash —military

Three New People's Army insurgents were killed in an encounter with government troops last Friday, the military said Saturday.

Military sources said troops from the 37th Infantry Battalion clashed with over 20 NPA guerrillas at about 8 p.m. last Friday (January 31) in Sitio Sinuksok of Barangay Bugso of the municipality of Senator Ninoy Aquino, Sultan Kudarat province in Mindanao.

Government troops claimed they clashed with insurgents from the NPA's Daguma Front, Far South Mindanao Regional Command under Commander a.k.a. Rayray.

Three insurgents died in the 30-minute firefight, forcing the rebels to withdraw to unknown direction, the military said.

"A pursuit operation is being conducted for the possible neutralization of the fleeing militants," said Maj. Gen. Diosdado Carreon, commander of Joint Task Force Central.

While scouring the encounter site, troops recovered three cadavers, 1 Caliber 45 pistol, 1 ICOM radio, 5 sacks of rice, and 1 medical kit, the military said.

"Our troops continuously operate to ensure the safety and security of the people and to free the communities from threats of terrorism," said Lt. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, commander of the Western Mindanao Command. —LBG, GMA News