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Troops capture leftist rebel behind abduction of town mayor in S Philippines

08-08-2011 16:04 BJT

COTABATO CITY, Philippines, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Government security forces captured on Monday a suspected leftist rebel involved in the kidnapping of a town mayor and two of his escorts over the weekend in southern Philippines, a military official said.

Maj. Nilo Kanashiro, head of civil-military operations of the government forces' 4th Division, said the suspect was being interrogated by investigators to extract information on the whereabouts of his companions and mayor Henry Dano of Lingig town of Surigao del Sur province.

Dano, together with his escorts Pfc. Roland Saban at Cpl. Alrey Desamparado, were forcibly taken by camouflage-clad New People's Army (NPA) rebels from his residence on Saturday.

The rebels boarded three vans and proceeded towards Davao Oriental province. Police suspect the rebels were holding their captives in a mountainous area.

The NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been waging a guerrilla campaign in the countryside for more than four decades. The Philippine military estimates there are over 4,000 NPA guerrilla fighters scattered in more than 60 provinces throughout the country.

In Feburary, the Philippine government and the leftist rebels resumed in Oslo, Norway the formal peace talks, which had been suspended for six years, in a bid to bring an end to the protracted insurgency.

Editor:Wang Xiaomei |Source: Xinhua

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