A platoon of soldiers belonging to the 27th IB led by Col Alexis Bravo was conducting a security patrol when they encountered a group of armed bandits led by a certain Daguil in Sitio Lumunso, Brgy Datal Blao, Columbio town at around 2:15pm.
Intense firefight lasted about 15 minutes after which the bandits fled with their casualties, leaving behind one (1) dead comrade.
The soldiers recovered two (2) highpowered firearms including an M14 rifle and one (1) carbine rifle.
No one was harmed among the government forces. More soldiers were dispatched to pursue the fleeing rebels.