1 rebel dead, 8 soldiers wounded in military-NPA clash in N. Vizcaya

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An NPA guerrilla stands guard at a rebel camp in this file photo . INTERAKSYON FILE PHOTO

DUPAX DEL SUR, Philippines – Eight soldiers were seriously wounded and one member of the New People’s Army died in a gun battle early Thursday morning in Barangay Sanguit in this town in Nueva Vizcaya province.

According to Maj. Gen. Felimon Santos, commanding general of the 7ID, his troops engaged in battle with an undetermined number of communist rebels under the Venerando Villacillio Command.

Santos said his troops were conducting security patrols after getting information on the presence of communist rebels in the area.

High-powered firearms were seized from the slain unidentified rebel.

Government troops are still conducting pursuit operations against the rebels.