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Communist insurgent killed in North Cotabato clash –WestMinCom

An alleged communist gunman was killed during a 20-minute clash with government forces at Barangay Arakan in Matalam, North Cotabato, the Western Mindanao Command (WestMinCom) reported on Saturday.

In a statement, WestMinCom commander Lieutenant General Corleto Vinluan Jr. said soldiers of the 62nd Division Reconnaissance Company encountered 12 fully armed communist gunmen in Sitio Rodson at 8:30 p.m.

“Based on the initial report submitted by Brig. Gen. Capulong, the exchange of fire resulted in the death of one [communist terrorist group] member and the recovery of one M16A1 rifle, three magazines, assorted ammunition, two cellular phones, and propaganda material,” Vinluan said.

After the encounter, the WestMinCom said the enemy withdrew in different directions with no casualties on the side of the government.

The military continued to scour the area for insurgents. — DVM, GMA News