World Bulletin / News Desk
Six government troops were wounded in a fresh clash with communist rebels in a remote village in the Philippines south, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
Captain Alberto Caber said police troopers and army soldiers were on a routine patrol Tuesday on Talomo hinterland outside Davao City when they encountered some 20 New People's Army guerrillas.
In a text message to the Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, Capt. Caber said the troops went on patrol after receiving reports of communist rebels harassing villagers in Talomo.
"While patrolling the area, they [troops) chanced upon the rebels triggering a 30-minute gun battle.”
He said five police commandos and one army soldier were wounded in the clash.
The Davao region and the neighboring provinces of Agusan, Surigao and Bukidnon on Mindanao island are hotbeds of communist insurgency.
Last week, NPA rebels shot and killed Mayor Mario Okinlay of Bukidnon’s Impasug-ong town. The NPA’s North Central Mindanao Regional Operations Command admitted to the murder, saying Okinlay was actively backing the military.
Since March 1969, the NPA- the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines - has been waging one of Asia’s longest running insurgencies in the country, which - according to the military - has claimed more than 3,000 lives over the past eight years. It has been involved in killings involving personalities participating in counter insurgency activities.Last Mod: 09 Temmuz 2014, 12:22