Tuesday, February 01, 2011

2 killed in NPA raid in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Feb. 1, 2011) – Communist rebels attacked a police post and killed two people on Tuesday in the troubled southern Philippine region of Mindanao.

The rebels, who are members of the secessionist group called New People’s Army, also took one policeman hostage as they fled after the raid in the town of Trento in Agusan del Sur province.

The attackers also took several weapons from the police post, but officials would not say how many firearms had been taken in the raid.

The New People’s Army is the military wing of the underground Communist Party of the Philippines which is trying to negotiate a peace deal with Manila.

President Benigno Aquino III said he would pursue peace talks with the leftist rebels in an effort to end decades of bloody fighting in the country.

He also opened peace talks with Muslim separatist rebel group Moro Islamic Liberation Front which is also fighting for self-determination in the restive region. (Mindanao Examiner)

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