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Soldiers nab 11 leftist rebels who kidnap mayor in S. Philippines

(Xinhua)

16:34, August 16, 2011

DAVAO CITY, the Philippines, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- Philippine troops captured 11 leftist rebels who abducted a town mayor in southern Philippines early this month, a military official said Tuesday.

Seven of the 11 captured rebels sustained gunshot wounds and were now treated at a military hospital in this city, according to Major Jacob Obligado, spokesperson of the army's 10th civil military operations battalion.

He said a cadaver of a suspected New People's Army rebel believed killed in a series of clashes was also recovered Tuesday near a riverbed in Cateel town, in Davao Oriental province.

"Tracker teams from the army's 67th Infantry Battalion conducting clearing operations at the site of last week's encounters in Abijud village stumbled upon the decomposing body of a suspected rebel. An unexploded landmine and several dozen rounds of assault rifle ammunition were also recovered," Obligado said in a text message sent to Xinhua.

Four soldiers were wounded in the encounters in Davao Oriental province as government troops stepped up their operations to search and rescue Henry Dano, mayor of Lingig town, in Surigao del Sur.

The official and his two army escorts were snatched by rebels posing as investigation agents inside his home on Aug. 6.

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