Two killed as gov't troops, leftist rebels clash in S Philippines

14:14, July 20, 2010      

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Two people were killed and several others were either wounded or missing following a clash between government troops and leftist rebels in southern Philippines before noon Tuesday, military and local officials said.

The violence erupted in a village in New Corella town, in Mindanao's Davao del Norte province at around 11:45 a.m. and is still going on as of press time, Mayor Nestor Alcoran told Xinhua in a text message.

Brigadier General Eduardo del Rosario, commander of the army's 103rd Infantry Brigade said several soldiers were wounded in the fighting and that he could not yet confirm about the reported deaths.

"We are still waiting for additional reports from the field as fighting is still raging," Del Rosario said by phone.

The 5,000-strong NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines is waging a 41-year leftist insurgency in 60 of the country's 80 provinces that has already killed more than 40, 000 people.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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