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Philippine Troops Kill 6 Communist Rebels

23 April 2012

Philippine army troops have killed six communist guerrillas in a clash in the country’s mountainous north in the latest flare-up of the 43-year-old Marxist insurgency. Army officer Lt-Col Steve Crespillo says soldiers patrolling near the mountain village of Bayawel were fired upon by about 15 New People’s Army guerrillas on Saturday. The soldiers returned fire and there was an hour-long gun battle. Crespillo said on Sunday that villagers told the soldiers they saw at least six slain rebels, including a woman, being carried by their comrades.—AP