3 killed in army clash with rebels in Ilocos Sur

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 8) — Two rebels and one soldier were killed in an encounter between the New People's Army and government troops Saturday afternoon in Ilocos Sur, Armed Forces officials said.

The incident began at 2 p.m. in Barangay Suagayan, Candon City, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines Northern Luzon Command. Authorities said they received reports from residents who were concerned that an armed group was in the area.

The Armed Forces warned that the "incident is still progressing," adding that the public should remain alert.