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NPA camp seized in Quezon

THE military seized a New People’s Army (NPA) camp in Nakar, Quezon province on Thursday after an encounter with the communist rebels, the Philippine Army said on Friday.

Brig. Gen. Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, commander of the Army’s 202nd Infantry Brigade, said the clash followed the May 14 encounter where a soldier was killed and two NPA rebels were arrested.

The encounter last week prompted government forces to launch pursuit operations leading to the recent firefight in Sitio (sub-village) Pilipit, Barangay Umiray.

There were no casualties on the government side while the rebels may have sustained an “undetermined” number in the 20-minute firefight, said Burgos.

Burgos also said that several NPA rebels have abandoned camp and were seized by troops with more or less 15 communist gunmen engaging to an encounter with them.

He added that the group of NPA members they fought were under the Guerilla Front Sierra Madre under the supervision of a certain alias “Boyong.” DEMPSEY REYES

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