Trooper killed, 2 NPA captured in Northern Samar clash

February 4, 2015 5:33 am 

MANILA, Feb. 3 — A trooper from the 34th Infantry Battalion was killed while two New People's Army (NPA) fighters were captured following an encounter in Barangay Imelda, Las Navas, Northern Samar early Tuesday morning.

Lt. Col. Edgar R. Delos Reyes, 34th Infantry Battalion commander, said his men were conducting peace and security operations in the area after receiving reports that rebel forces were present in Barangay Imelda.

Upon arriving at the vicinity of Barangay Imelda, the troops were fired upon triggering a 15-minute firefight until the NPAs retreated.

The encounter resulted to the capture of two unidentified rebels who were left behind by their comrades.

The two are still in the custody of the operating troops and will be handed over to PNP custody once extricated from the encounter site.

On the part of government troops, one soldier was critically wounded at the left chest and was immediately evacuated through a military helicopter.

Unfortunately, he died on way to the hospital. The identity of the slain soldier is being withheld pending the notification of his family.

Major Gen. Jet B. Velarmino, 8th Infantry Division commander, expressed his condolence to the bereaved family of the slain soldier and also expressed his appreciation to the efforts of other troops involved in the operation.

“I would like to express my condolence to the family of the slain soldier. He died a hero’s death in pursuit of peace and development. His sacrifice and bravery will not be forgotten. Despite this setback, your Army in Eastern Visayas will remain focus in carrying out the mission to safeguard the people of the region against the NPA rebels in the pursuit to create safety and progressive communities," he said. (PNA)



One Response to “Trooper killed, 2 NPA captured in Northern Samar clash”

  1. rey on February 4th, 2015 8:58 pm

    where are the human rights from 44 police in the news who will try to defend and with in the Samar? you just watched if the police killed the enemies of the land….