MANILA – A government soldier was killed in an encounter with armed men in Madalum, Lanao del Sur on Friday, the military said.
The military said two members of the still unidentified armed group were also killed in the clash.
Capt. Jefferson Somera, spokesman of the Army's 1st Infantry Division, said soldiers from the 51st Infantry Battalion were manning a checkpoint in Barangay Dilausan when they were fired upon by five armed men on board a multi-cab past 6 a.m.
"The firefight lasted for almost three minutes that resulted to one KIA (killed in action) on government side and two killed on the armed men," Somera said.
Authorities recovered from the scene an M16 rifle, M14 rifle, Carbine rifle, caliber .45 pistol and a hand grenade.