Thursday, October 06, 2011
DAVAO CITY (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 6, 2011) – Government troops clashed with communist rebels on Thursday leaving one foot soldier dead and three more wounded in the southern Philippines, officials said.
Officials said the fighting broke out in Agusan del Sur’s Esperanza town, scene of previous battles between security forces and New People’s Army rebels.
The clash erupted after troops stormed a rebel stronghold and capturing a jungle base in the village called Kalabuan.
Officials said there were rebel casualties in the fighting, but troops recovered no bodies except for 13 automatic weapons left behind by the fleeing gunmen.
On Monday, some 200 rebels raided three mining firms in the town of Claver in Surigao del Sur province despite earlier pronouncements by military spokesmen that the numbers of armed NPA soldiers were dwindling due to continuing government offensives in the troubled region.
The NPA, which is fighting for an independent communist state, warned of more attacks if mining firms continue to destroy the environment and maltreat their workers and abuse civilians. (Mindanao Examiner)