Leftist rebels release last kidnapped soldier in S Philippines (2)

16:53, July 20, 2010      

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Arguilles and Job Latiban, a young militiaman, were captured by NPA guerrillas manning a checkpoint along a road while on their way to a military outpost on a gold-rich mountain in the area on June 19. Latiban was released ahead last Friday.

The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been waging a guerrilla campaign in the countryside for four decades. The military estimates the NPA strength at more than 4, 000 men scattered in more than 60 guerrilla fronts throughout the country.

Peace talks between the government and the leftists bogged down after the United States included the NPA and its parent body as foreign terrorist organizations in 2002.

Source: Xinhua
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