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Leftist rebel killed in S. Philippine clash

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13:17, April 25, 2012

DAVAO CITY, Philippines, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Government troops clashed anew with leftist rebels in southern Philippines on Tuesday, leaving one insurgent dead, police said on Wednesday.

A 12-man team from the army's Scout Rangers Regiment Training School were conducting a test mission when they encountered four suspected New People's Army rebels near Bitaugan village, San Miguel town, in Mindanao's Surigao del Sur province at 11 a.m., according to Martin Gamba, spokesman of Caraga police regional office.

Gamba said in a statement that the soldiers recovered at the site of encounter the body of the slain rebel, an AK-47 assault rifle and an improvised Claymore landmine. "The operation was coordinated with the local police. A pursuit operation was now being conducted against the fleeing guerrillas," said the police official.

The 4,000-strong NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, is fighting a 43-year leftist insurgency in 60 Philippine provinces.

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