Armed tribesmen, leftist rebels clash in S. Philippines, 1 killed

17:52, November 01, 2010      

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One person was killed when armed tribesmen clashed with suspected leftist rebels in southern Philippines over the weekend, police said Monday.

The incident happened Monday afternoon when members of the Manobo tribe under a certain Datu (Chieftain) Bawang were ambushed by at least ten gunmen believed to be members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Kinamaybay village, Esperanza town, in Mindanao region's Agusan del Sur province, said Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Rafal, regional police chief.

The tribesmen were on their way to their farms when the leftist guerrillas fired at them, sparking a brief firefight that killed tribesman Tata Hulasan, Rafal said, adding the rebels then fled towards the nearby village of Calabuan and authorities have yet to determine if the NPA suffered casualties.

Philippine army and police have frequently used the services of armed tribesmen in their counter-insurgency operations in the region, making the tribal communities unsympathetic to the rebels a vulnerable target to NPA attacks and reprisals.

Source: Xinhua


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