MANILA, Mar 24 (NNN-PNA) – Philippine troops killed eight suspected militant rebels, in a running gun battle in central Philippine Negros Oriental province, the military said today.
The military said, the three-hour firefight erupted around noontime, yesterday, when troops clashed with at least 30 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels, on the outskirts of Guihulngan City. No soldiers were killed or wounded.
Troops captured six M16 assault rifles, two M14 rifles, an M60 machine gun, a KG9 gun, two improvised explosive devices, and several rounds of ammunition, the military added.
Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte, restarted the talks to end the decades-old insurgency when he came to power in 2016, but the negotiations sputtered out.
The NPA rebels have been fighting with the government since 1969. They concentrate their attacks on rural areas and small-scale skirmishes with the military.
The NPA estimated strength is about 3,000, a number significantly lower than its peak strength of around 25,000 in the 1980s.– NNN-PNA
Source: NAM News Network