Soldier, civilian wounded in rebels' attack in S. Philippines

14:42, July 31, 2011      

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A government soldier and a civilian were wounded in the latest attack staged by leftist rebels on Sunday in the restive southern Philippines, the military said.

Soldiers were on a patrol mission when they were ambushed by undetermined number of New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Dalisay village, Panabo town in Davao del Norte province, said local army commander Captain Benjie Arciaga.

He said a 30-minute firefight ensued, leaving one soldier and a 60-year-old woman wounded.

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 more than 4,000 NPA guerrilla fighters scattered in more than 60 provinces throughout the 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.

Source:Xinhua
 
 
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