BALER, Aurora---Army soldiers seize two highpowered firearms after a clash with communist rebels in Nueva Viscaya early morning today (Aug 22).
Lt Col Kurt Decapia, the Commanding Officer of the 48th Infantry Battalion said that patrolling elements of his unit clashed with at least 15 NPA bandits in Sitio Dilactan, Galintuja village, Alfonso Castaneda town at around 6:45am.
The rebels scampered away after about 15-minutes of exchanging fires with the Army soldiers, dragging along some wounded comrades.
The soldiers found two Cal 5.56mm M16 Rifles abandoned by the rebels near the encounter site.
One soldier sustained minor injuries but he was declared in safe condition after being given immediate treatment by the Army's combat medics.
Major General Alan Luga, the Commander of the 7th Infantry Division, has directed the pursuit operations to hunt down the remnants of the bandit group who are responsible for the extortion activities in the province.