BANCASI, Butuan City – Soldiers from the 23rd Infantry (Masigasig) Battalion seized one AK-47 assault rifle and 12 backpacks from the NPAs when they clashed with Communist NPA Terrorists (CNTs) in the remote village of Brgy Abunda, a town of Magsaysay, Misamis Oriental today, June 19, 2018, Tuesday.
A platoon size of soldiers from the 23rd IB overran the terrorist camp that could accommodate more or less sixty (60) CNTs.
BGen Franco Nemesio M Gacal AFP, Commander, 402Bde, said based on civilians' reports reaching them, the CNTs were conducting extortion activities in the village which prompted the army commander to launch security operations.
"There were no casualties on our troops while two NPAs were reportedly killed in the said encounter. We are still verifying the report with some locals," BGen Gacal added.
LTC Francisco Molina Jr, the 23rd IB Commander, said at least 30 rebels believed to be members of Guerrilla Front 4A, NCMRC were involved in the clash in Sitio Migragang, which took place at 07:20 a.m.
Source: Cpt Al Anthony B Pueblas, CMO Officer 402Bde