2 soldiers, 4 NPA rebels killed in Misamis clash

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY , Philippines Two soldiers and four communist rebels were killed in an encounter in Misamis Oriental on Tuesday.

Two soldiers belonging to the 58th Infantry Battalion were also wounded in the clash in Sitio Kapatagan in Barangay Umagos, Lagonglong town around 7 a.m., Capt. Patrick Martinez, spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division, told The STAR.

He said a stray bullet also hit a civilian.

Martinez refused to identify the slain soldiers pending notification of their respective families. He said the wounded were brought to the Northern Mindanao Regional Hospital in Cagayan de Oro City.

Martinez said government troops had responded to the reported presence of armed men in the area.He said residents had complained that the armed men were extorting money from them.

The rebels are being pursued. g Gerry Lee Gorit, Jaime Laude