The armed men, suspected to be New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, sped away but were pursued by those manning the checkpoint.
The pursuing soldiers, Castro said, found the abandoned the motorcycles and the firearms — which included AK-47 — near a cliff, Castro said. She said an improvised explosion device was also recovered.
Lt. Col. Marion Angcao, the 73rd IB commander, said they believed that some of the rebels were hit during the firefight, as indicated by traces of blood on their escape route.
“These developments are the results of our calibrated response to address NPA terrorist atrocities as we remain relentless in the campaign to achieve peace and order in our area of responsibility,” Angcao said. /je
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