6 killed, dozen injured in S. Philippine ambush

15:09, May 11, 2010      

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Six persons were killed and more than a dozen were wounded in an ambush by the New People's Army ( NPA) early Tuesday in southern Philippines, the military said.

The incident happened shortly after 8 a.m., while soldiers were escorting the transport of election paraphernalia from Maragusan town in Mindanao's compostela Village province, according to Romeo Calizo, provincial army commander.

Among the dead were four soldiers, an election inspector and a poll watcher. Nine government soldiers and three other poll watchers were also hurt, Calizo said.

The military official said pursuit operations against the rebels are now going on.

Military estimates the NPA strength at more than 5,000 men scattered in more than 60 guerrilla fronts throughout the country.

Peace talks between Philippine government and the leftists bogged down in 2004 after the United States included the NPA and its parent body as foreign terrorist organizations.

Source: Xinhua
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