3 leftist rebels killed in clash in N Philippines

14:29, July 30, 2010      

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Three leftist insurgents were killed in a clash with the government troops in northern Philippines on Friday morning, a military spokesman said.

Rogelio Mesias, spokesman of the Army's 7th Infantry Division, said troops from the 703rd Brigade were deployed at Sta Cruz village in Mexico town in Pampanga province following information of rebel presence in the area.

He said the troops, backed up by police elements, caught up with the rebels, belonging to Marxist Leninist Proletariat Party- Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan, around 5:15 a.m., ensuing a one- hour fire fight.

Mesias said the troops recovered from the scene of encounter three rebel bodies while the others were able to escape. No one was reported killed or injured on the side of the government.

"This is a planned operation. We had sightings (of the rebels), prompting us to launch the operations in coordination with the PNP. Their presence was reported by the civilians," said Mesias.

The MLPP-RHB broke out from the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People's Army in the early 1990s. The MLPP-RHB is a larger group than that of the CPP-NPA which the military said has less than 5,000 fighters at present.

Source: Xinhua


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