DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 17, 2009) – Government soldiers killed two New People’s Army rebels in a firefight Sunday in the southern Philippine city of Digos, officials said.
Officials said the fighting erupted after troops attacked a group of communist rebels in the village called Goma at around noon time.
Villagers secretly tipped off the military about the presence of rebels in the area, said Lt. Col. Kurt Decapia, of the Army’s 10th Infantry Division.
“The firefight was a result of the tip-off information from the members of the Barangay Defense System who reported the NPA’s presence in the vicinity of their village,” he said.
“The troops maneuvered towards the location of the NPA that caught the latter in surprise and was forced to withdraw into different directions after the heavy volume of fire delivered by the troops leaving behind two M16 rifles in the possession of two dead NPAs,” he said.
There were no reports of military casualties. The military vowed to step up offensive against the rebels who are fighting the past decades to put up a Maoist state in the country. (Mindanao Examiner)