One killed as soldiers, leftist rebels clash anew in S Philippines

21:40, June 03, 2010      

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One government trooper was killed and another was wounded as soldiers and leftist rebels clashed in a southern Philippine village early on Thursday, the military said.

The incident happened at Mawab town, in Mindanao's Compostela Valley province at 2:35 a.m, Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, regional military spokesperson, told Xinhua by phone.

Cabangbang said soldiers and militiamen were patrolling a jungle area in Salvacion village when they chanced upon an undetermined number of New People's Army rebels that led to a 30- minute gunfight.

A member of Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) militia was killed while an army regular was seriously wounded and had to be airlifted to a government hospital in nearby Tagum City.

Cabangbang said the rebels may have also suffered casualties as shown by traces of blood in their route of withdrawal. Police and military units are now conducting pursuit operation against the fleeing rebels.

The 5,000-strong NPA has been fighting a leftist insurgency in 60 of the Philippines'more than 80 provinces.

Source: Xinhua


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