DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / June 8, 2011) – Communist rebels attacked a group of army soldiers, killing two of them in the southern Philippine of Davao, officials said Wednesday.
Officials said the soldiers were transporting food aid intended for ethnic tribesmen when New People’s Army rebels ambushed them in the village of Sibulan in Toril District on Tuesday afternoon.
The ambush sparked a firefight that lasted over 45 minutes that also wounded one soldier. Officials claimed an undetermined number of rebels were either killed or wounded in the clash.
Officials said the soldiers, who belong to the 84th Infantry Battalion, were all part of the so-called “peace and development” team.
“We condemn the barbaric acts of the NPA rebels that caused the delay of delivery of basic services of the people. My soldiers will continue to serve the people and assure the safety of the innocent civilians threatened by this illegal armed group especially in the remote areas of Davao City,” Lieutenant Colonel Gabriel Viray, the battalion commander.
The rebels are fighting for decades for the establishment of a Maoist state in the largely Catholic country. (Mindanao Examiner)