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Leftist rebel killed as clash erupts anew in S Philippines

07-15-2010 14:30 BJT

DAVAO CITY, Philippines, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Philippine government troops and suspected New People's Army rebels clashed anew in southern Philippines late on Wednesday, killing one rebel, the military said Thursday.

Troops also recovered an assault rifle from the slain gunman following a 30-minute clash between soldiers and some 20 leftist rebels allegedly extorting villagers in New Bataan town, in Mindanao's Compostela Valley province that started past 4 p.m., Captain Emmanuel Garcia, spokesperson of the military's 10th Infantry Division, said.

The 5,000-strong NPA and its political arm, the Communist Party of the Philippines have been waging a 41-year leftist insurgency across 60 of the country's 80 provinces. Peace talks between the government and the rebel group have been faltering and the rebels have railed on President Benigno Aquino III, accusing his administration of not doing enough in pushing for the resumption of talks.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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