1 suspected rebel killed in Philippine clash-Xinhua

1 suspected rebel killed in Philippine clash

Source: Xinhua| 2024-07-09 16:32:00|Editor: huaxia

MANILA, July 9 (Xinhua) -- A suspected rebel has been killed in a clash with government troops in Camarines Sur province, southeast of Manila, a Philippine Army spokesperson said Tuesday.

Major Frank Roldan said in a report that the male member of the New People's Army (NPA) was slain in a 10-minute gunbattle around 9 a.m. local time on Monday in Tinambac town.

The troops recovered an M16 assault rifle and some of the slain rebel's personal belongings from the clash site, he added. No government soldier was either killed or wounded in the clash.

NPA rebels have been fighting the government troops since 1969. Despite the decreasing number of fighters, NPA rebels concentrate their attacks on rural areas and have skirmishes with the military.

Military data showed that the NPA's personnel strength has declined since its peak of around 25,000 armed members in the 1980s.