Communists kill six Filipino soldiers
Communist rebels killed six Filipino soldiers and wounded 20 others in one of the deadliest ambushes in the nation’s five-decade-old Maoist insurgency. Troops patrolling on the island of Samar were hit with homemade bombs and fought a 30-minute gunfight with New People’s Army rebels on Monday. “They used IEDs, leading to a large number of casualties,” military spokesman Capt Reynaldo Aragones said. One rebel was killed. The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, launched its rebellion to create a Maoist state in 1969. According to the military, the insurgency has claimed 40,000 lives. Samar is an impoverished region that is fertile ground for recruitment by the 4,000-member NPA.