New Peoples’ Army killed, soldier injured in Masbate encounter

A STILL unidentified member of the New Peoples’ Army  was killed while a soldeir was injured and several firearms were recovered in an encounter with government forces in Baleno, Masbate on Saturday.

Members of the 2nd Infantry Battalion and 1st Masbate Mobile Force Company were responding to a report about the presence of suspected rebels in  Barangay Gangao when they encountered an undetermined number of rebels.

The NPA rebel was killed in the ensuing firefight.

Joint Task Force Bicolandia commander Major  Gen. Fernando Trinidad said  one M16 rifle, one Molotov, three rifle grenades, two cartridges of M203 ammunition and other subversive documents were seized.