Troops of the 4th Infantry Division (4ID) killed four members of the New People’s Army (NPA), captured 9 others including a 12-year old child-soldier, and recovered 16 high-powered firearms during a running gunbattle in a forested area in Brgy Mabuhay, San Fernando, Bukidnon, Thursday, September 8, 2021.

In a press release, Army troops belonging to the 88th Infantry Battalion (88IB) under the operational control of the 403rd Infantry Brigade of the 4ID were responding to an information from local residents that a group of NPAs are conducting recruitment and extortion activities at their community when they encountered more or less 20 insurgents under alias MIGZ, Front Secretary, Guerilla Front Malayag of the Sub Regional Committee 2 (SRC2) of the North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC).

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According to 4ID Commander Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner Jr., a one-hour running gun battle ensued around 8 o’clock in the morning that initially resulted the the killing of 4 unidentified CNTs and capture of 2 others and seizure of 3 AK47 Rifles, 4 M16 Rifles and 1 M203 Grenade Launcher.

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“It is a running gun battle wherein our troops were eventually chasing after the CNTs who are scampering towards different directions after the initial firefight. With the persistence of our troops during pursuit operation, they were able to subsequently capture another 7 Communist NPA Terrorists (CNT) including the 12-year old child-soldier and seized another 8 high-powered firearms composed of 2 AK47 Rifles, 3 M16 Rifles, 1 M14 Rifle and 2 M653 Rifles. The pursuit operations is still ongoing”, Maj. Gen. Brawner Jr. said.

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photos grabbed from Magnum Radyo, Sy Mon

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