CLAVER, Surigao del Sur--Two NPA bandits were killed in the latest clash with Army soldiers in a remote village in Surigao del Norte early afternoon on Friday (May 16).
A platoon of soldiers led by Cpt Henry Pang-ay was conducting security patrols when they encountered at least 15 heavily armed bandits in Bgy Cabugo, Claver town at around 1:30pm.
The bandits traded fires with the soldiers for about 30 minutes before deciding to flee with their casualties.
Pang-ay and his men discovered two dead bandits along with two high-powered firearms near the site of the clash.
No one was harmed among the soldiers who all belonged to the 42nd Division Reconnaissance Company.
More soldiers coming from the 30th Infantry Battalion were dispatched to pursue the bandits who were seen by villagers carrying dead comrades with them.
The local civilians have continuously provided information to the soldiers regarding the presence of bandits who are extorting money from them.