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Scores wounded in NPA ambush in C. Philippines

(Xinhua)

14:26, March 26, 2012

ILOILO CITY, Philippines, March 26 (Xinhua) -- At least three government soldiers and scores of residents were wounded when New People's Army (NPA) rebels ambushed the operatives of the Philippine Army in Central Philippines Monday morning.

Lt. Col. Julius Miranda, an army spokesman, said that his troops were patrolling in Barangay Argao, Tubungan Iloilo, when ambushed by the rebels.

During the ambush, a firefight which lasted for about an hour then occurred. Sketchy report from the hinterlands indicated that a firetruck has exploded during the operation.

The injured were brought to nearby Guimbal Hospital and Western Visayas Medical Center.

The Philippine Army is currently conducting pursuit operation against the rebels.

The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, was formed on March 29, 1969. Latest military estimates placed the NPA's strength at more than 4,000.

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