Death toll from Ilocos Sur clash now at 7

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 9) — The death toll from a clash between government troops and rebels in Ilocos Sur has risen to seven as of Sunday.

In a message to CNN Philippines, Northern Luzon Command Chief LtGen Ramiro Rey said a soldier from the Armed Forces was killed, while six members of the New People's Army died in the clash.

The incident began at 2 p.m. on Saturday 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. 

This is a developing story.