Sunday, September 18, 2011

Troops clash with Maoist rebels in Davao Sur

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Sept. 18, 2011) – Government troops clashed with New People’s Army rebels in the southern Philippine province of Davao del Sur, officials said Sunday.

Officials said the fighting erupted in the village of Datu Danwata in Malita town where the rebels killed a village leader early this year.

Army Lieutenant Colonel Adolfo Espuelas Jr., commander of the Task Group Mulawin, said the soldiers were conducting survey and assessment for future development projects in the village when they clashed with rebels.

He said the fighting lasted almost 30 minutes, but there were no reports of casualties from both sides. Troops also recovered a rifle, magazines, a pair of radio transceivers, two Claymore mines and improvised explosives, medical kit and anti-government propaganda. (Mindanao Examiner)

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