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1 killed as rebels attack troops on disaster response mission in Masbate
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines -- A New People’s Army guerrilla was killed when rebels attacked soldiers deployed for disaster response operations in Palanas, Masbate Wednesday morning, the Army said.

Lieutenant Colonel Julian Pacatan, commanding officer of the 9th Infantry Battalion, said troops of the Disaster Response Operations platoon were on their way to Barangay Intusan when the rebels fired on them, triggering a 10-minute clash.

The rebels left their casualty behind as they retreated.

None of the soldiers was hurt.

The troops also recovered an M14 and an M16 assault rifle and two landmines.

A few hours after, the same band of rebels clashed with the pursuing troops four kilometers from the site of the first encounter.

They left behind an M1 Garand and two more landmines as they fled.

Pacatan said civilians also claimed the rebels were collecting money and foodstuff from them, supposedly for disaster victims.