2 soldiers killed in Misamis Oriental gunfights

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Friday, July 4, 2014

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental (Updated) -- Two troopers were killed while four others were wounded following a series of clashes with New People's Army (NPA) rebels in the province on Friday.

Major Christian Uy, 4th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the first encounter took place around 5:34 a.m. in Sitio Kapatagan, in the village of Umagoss, Lagonglong town, Misamis Oriental.

Soldiers from the 58th Infantry Battalion were conducting routine security patrol when fired upon an undetermined number of NPAs. Three troopers were hurt.

The second engagement took place an hour later as troopers, also from the same unit, were fired while clearing a landing zone for the helicopter that will evacuate the wounded.

A soldier was killed and another wounded.

The third clash ensued between the blocking force of the battalion and the NPAs around 8:30 a.m. in Barangay Kibanban, Balingasag town, Misamis Oriental which resulted in the death of another soldier.

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The encounter took place two days after the military launched a hot pursuit operation against the NPA rebels who were suspected in the ambush-slaying of Impasug-ong town Mayor Mario T. Okinlay in Bukidnon last Wednesday morning.

Uy said that the military tagged the NPA as responsible in the ambush-slaying of Okinlay who was on his way home Wednesday morning to their town proper after a medical mission in the remote village of Bontongon.

The town of Impasug-ong borders the mountains of Claveria, a rebel-infested farming town in Misamis Oriental.

Pursuit operations are now ongoing against the NPA band who sustained an undetermined number of casualties in the series of incidents. (PNA)

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