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Soldiers kill leftist rebel in Compostela Valley clash

A member of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in a clash with the military in Compostela Valley on Tuesday, July 3.

Government troops from the 66th Infantry Battalion (IB) encountered about five leftist rebels in Sitio Sudlon, Barangay Tagugpo in Pantukan.

The firefight lasted for about 15 before the rebels withdrew towards southwest direction, military said.

The slain NPA was identified as as alias Jopaks and his body was turned over to the barangay captain of Tagugpo.

The soldiers also recovered a firearm and pieces of ammunition from the encounter site.

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