Top NPA leader killed in N Philippine clash

17:17, September 23, 2010      

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A top leader of the New People's Army (NPA), a major anti-government force in the Philippines, was killed following a clash in Goa town in northern Camarines Sur province on Wednesday, the military announced on Thursday.

Elmer Osila, secretary of the Front Committee 75 operating in Camarines Sur, was killed by forces of the government during a security operation at the village of Lamon in Gao town.

Harold Cabunoc, spokesman of the Army's 9th Infantry Division, said after a five-minute firefight, the soldiers recovered the body of Osila. He said Osila led an ambush on government forces while engaged in combat operations in Presentacion town, also in Camarines Sur, in May this year that resulted in the death of four soldiers.

Cabunoc said the killing of Osila was a big blow to the NPA in region.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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