Two leftist rebels killed in S. Philippine clash

11:01, June 02, 2010      

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Two leftist rebels were killed and another was wounded as they clashed with government troops in this southern Philippine city on Tuesday night, the military said on Wednesday.

Soldiers recovered an improvised explosive device and an assault rifle following a five-hour sporadic fire fight between the army's 69th Infantry Battalion and some 60 New People's Army guerrillas at the Manuel Guianga village, Toril district, Cesar de Mesa, commander of an army battalion involved in the operation told Xinhua by phone.

Troops were conducting foot patrol at the hinterland village in search of a band of NPA rebels involved in last month's series of deadly attacks against government forces in the area when they met with armed NPA, De Mesa said.

The military official believes a high-ranking NPA guerrilla could be among the rebel casualties following the recovery of a nigh vision goggle and a binocular, equipment which only rebel officials are allowed to use.

A militiaman was also slightly wounded in the encounter, De Mesa said.

The 5,000-strong NPA is waging a 41-year insurgency in 60 of the country's more than 80 provinces. Peace talks between the government and the rebel group broke down in 2004. The Philippine government earlier pledged to wipe out NPA within this year, but admitted recently that the objective is unlikely to fulfill on time.

Source: Xinhua


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