Com­mu­nists kill six Filipino sol­diers

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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.

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