2 killed, 8 wounded in leftist rebel attacks in S. Philippines

09:38, July 31, 2011      

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Two people were killed and 8 others were wounded in separate attacks by suspected leftist rebels in southern Philippines, police officials said on Saturday.

The latest attack happened at around 5 a.m. Saturday when 250 New People's Army guerrillas stormed the municipal police station of Trento town, in Mindanao's Agusan del Sur province, killing two civilians and wounding three others, including two lawmen, said Chief Superintendent Reynaldo Rafal, regional police chief for Caraga region where Agusan del Sur is located.

Rafal told Xinhua by phone that the attackers attempted to overrun and capture the police station and nearby government buildings at the town proper, but were pushed back as the station' s personnel led by a female police inspector fought back.

On Saturday, five soldiers were wounded in a landmine blast in a village in Malita town, in Davao del Sur, Superintendent Jose Carumba, spokesperson for the police in Davao region, told Xinhua.

Carumba said the soldiers were part of a convoy to escort a peace and development team when the roadside bomb exploded in Little Baguio village past 1 p.m., injuring the troops.

Police and military operations against the rebels are now being conducted in these areas, Carumba said.

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 4,100 NPA guerrilla fighters scattered in more than 60 provinces throughout the country.

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