Philippine military attacks rebels' base in N Philippines

14:06, June 03, 2010      

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Three suspected members of the New People's Army were killed and three others captured in an attack by Philippine military forces in a province in Northern Philippines early Thursday morning.

The troops swooped down at the rebels' temporary base in a town in Batangas province at around 4:30 a.m. following reports from civilians that a group of rebels is converging at their temprary base for their extortion activities, Lt. Col. Noel Detoyato, the civil military operations officer of the Army's 2nd Infantry Division, told reporters.

Some 20 rebels clashed with the soldiers for half an hour before withdrawing and leaving behind them six of their comrades and a cache of firearms that was recovered from the insurgent's camp, Detoyato said.

One was wounded on the government side, who along with the wounded rebels, was brought to the Fernando Air Base hospital for treatment.

The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, was formed on March 29, 1969. Latest military estimates placed the NPA's strength at more than 4,000.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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