QUEZON CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 29 May) – Communist insurgents ambushed a military patrol and wounding at least eight soldiers in Aurora province, north of the Philippines, officials said.
Officials said the attack occurred late Monday and sparked a gun-battle that lasted more than 30 minutes.
The army soldiers repulsed the New People’s Army gunmen and officials said a still undetermined number of ambushers were believed killed and wounded also.
But the military report about the enemy casualties was difficult confirm and troops failed to recover any corpses from the area.
The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which has been fighting to topple the democratic government and install a Maoist state in the mainly Catholic country.
Peace talks between Manila and rebels collapsed in 2004 after the CPP and NPA and the National Democratic Front, its political arm, were included by Washington on its list of foreign terrorist organizations on the government’s prodding.
President Gloria Arroyo has declared an all-put war on the NPA, numbering about 8,000 scatter across the country.
CPP leader, Jose Maria Sison, and other senior communist leaders are in exile in The Netherlands. (Mindanao Examiner)