Troops overrun leftist group's headquarters in S Philippines

16:49, July 02, 2010      

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Philippine government troops on Friday morning uncovered one of the major headquarters of leftist group New People's Army (NPA) in Southern Philippines.

The military said in a statement that they "overran a major terrorist camp" following a 30-minute clash with some 50 members of the NPA in Davao City, whom the military said belonged to Local Terrorist Front-54 of the Southern Mindanao region.

No one was killed on both sides although two soldiers were wounded from the clash. The presence of wooden bunkers and running trenches which made the entry of troops harder however led the authorities to believe that they have discovered a major encampment.

"They are on the run and our troops are currently on pursuit. They have suffered casualties in the exchange of fire but were carried by their comrades away as they fled. We will catch-up with them in due time with the help of the people who are keeping us abreast of their whereabouts," Lt. Col. Kurt Decapia commander of 84IB, said in a statement.

The NPA has been fighting the government for the last 41 years.

Source: Xinhua


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