[In the news] Militiaman killed, 4 soldiers wounded in Samar encounter | Sun.Star

Militiaman killed, 4 soldiers wounded in Samar encounter | Sun.Star.

January 27, 2012

 CALBIGA, Samar — A militiaman was killed and four government soldiers were wounded in an encounter with New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in a remote barangay here on Monday.

The firefight between government forces and the NPA happened around 7:35 a.m. Monday in the boundaries of barangays Caamlogan and Guimbaga.

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The encounter killed a member of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit and wounded four soldiers. The militiaman didn’t reached the hospital alive.

Lieutenant Colonel Cerilo Balaoro, commander of the Army’s 87th Infantry Battalion, said about 50 NPA rebels waylaid the soldiers who were verifying a tip about the rebels’ presence in the area.

Following a clash that lasted 20 minutes, three suspected communist rebels, one of them a woman, were arrested. They were caught in possession of explosives, guns and subversive documents.

The Calbiga town, a known rebel stronghold in the Samar province, was earlier declared by the government forces as insurgency-free.

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