Alleged NPA member killed in Negros Oriental clash

(Photo from Philippine Army)

MANILA, Philippines — An alleged member of the communist New People’s Army (NPA) was killed in an encounter with government troops in Barangay (village) Talalak, Santa Catalina, Negros Oriental on Saturday, the Philippine Army (PA) reported.

Personnel of the 11th Infantry Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Division and more or less five NPA members figured in a firefight that lasted for eight minutes. Killed in the encounter was a certain Cristanto Estrabela Lagradilla, the PA said in a statement.

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Authorities said a high powered gun and slugs were among the recovered materials from the site.