Eleven people injured in communist rebel attacks in Philippines

31-Jan-2009 Intellasia | The Earth Times | 7:27 AM Print This Post

Ten government security forces and a civilian were wounded in separate attacks by communist rebels in the southern Philippines, military and police officials said Friday. The first attack occurred in the district of Paquibato in Davao City, 990 kilometres south of Manila on Thursday, where a landmine explosion injured seven soldiers.

Regional military spokesman Major Randolph Cabangbang said the troops were aboard a military vehicle that hit a landmine planted by communist rebels on the roadside.

“No firefight took place,” he said.

In South Cotabato province, three police officers were wounded when some 40 communist guerrillas swooped down on the police station in Tampakan town on Thursday evening.

The rebels fired high-powered weapons and lobbed grenades at the station, wounding the three officers, provincial police director Superintendent Robert Kiunisala said.

A civilian was also hit by stray bullets, he said.

“Our men were able to fire their guns but three of them were wounded,” he said.

Kiunisala said the rebels also raided th Bureau of Fire Protection’s office in Tampakan, and seized three guns, laptops and personal belongings of personnel.

Communist rebels have been fighting the Philippine government since the late 1960s, making the movement one of the longest-running leftist insurgencies in Asia.


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