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An exchange of gunfire, as between infantry units.
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(Military) a brief small-scale engagement between opposing military ground forces using short-range light weapons
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an exchange of gunfire between two opposing forces, esp. a skirmish between military forces.
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[ˈfaɪəˌfaɪt] N (Mil) (journalese) → tiroteo m
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Encinas said a 10-minute clash ensued as the policemen returned fire and engaged the ASG bandits in a firefight.
Five people were killed while another was wounded in Basilan on Tuesday after two warring families figured in a firefight while attempting to settle their feud, the military reported.
President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday awarded medals to soldiers wounded in a May 31 firefight with Abu Sayyaf terrorists in Patikul, Sulu, and said he was ready to die with them.
dpa Manila Five suspected communist rebels were killed in a firefight with government troops in the central Philippines on Wednesday, a military spokeswoman said.
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Troops from by the 1003rd Infantry Brigade were responding to reports about an arms cache in So Sil-angon, Barangay Cawayan, San Fernando, Bukidnon, when suspected NPAs engaged them in a firefight at about 10:30 a.m.
Troops of the 88th Infantry Battalion (88IB) recovered war materiel after a recent firefight with members of the New Peoples' Army on Nov.
In a statement late Tuesday, the Pentagon said 22-year-old Gabriel Conde from Colourado was killed by small arms fire during a firefight with the 'enemy' in Tagab district.
Summary: Alabama [U.S.A.], Mar.08 (ANI): In another incident of a school shooting in the United States, two students were involved in a firefight at a high school in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday, the city school district told the CNN.
New Delhi: The Indian Army on Wednesday said it has inflicted "heavy casualties" on NSCN (K) militants during a firefight along the border with Myanmar, but clarified that it was "not a surgical strike".
Goddard Lake commemorates Captain Nichola Goddard, RCHA, who died in a firefight in May 2006.