Leftist rebels kill gov't militiaman, wound another in S. Philippine sniping attack

10:35, July 18, 2011      

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Suspected leftist rebels have shot and killed a government militiaman and wounded another in an attack at an isolated militia outpost in southern Philippines, police said Monday.

Julito Ansing, 52, a member of Civilian Active Auxiliary under the government troop's 23rd Infantry Battalion, died to gunshot wounds after being attacked by armed men believed to be members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Dona Maxima village, San Luis town, in the southern Philippine province of Agusan del Sur, said Superintendent Martin Gamba, regional police spokesperson.

Gamba told Xinhua by phone Ansing and another militiaman, Juny Torres, were fetching water in a river several hundred meters from their detachment when at least two snipers fired at them around 6: 30 a.m. Sunday, killing Ansing instantly and wounding Torres who was hit in his back.

The assailants then fled before the victims' comrades arrived and brought the wounded militiaman to the nearest hospital for treatment.

An operation against the assailants is now being conducted, said Gamba.

The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been waging a guerrilla campaign in the countryside for more than four decades. The Philippine military estimates that there are some 4,700 NPA guerrilla fighters scattered in more than 60 provinces throughout the Southeast Asian country.

In February, the Philippine government and the leftist rebels resumed in Oslo, Norway the formal peace talks, which had been suspended for six years, in a bid to bring an end to the protracted insurgency.

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