Wednesday, 09 November 2011 11:21
Communist rebels on Tuesday ambushed government militias on their way to testify against a captured top guerrilla leader in the southern Philippines, officials said.
Officials said the attack by New People’s Army rebels killed the wife a militiaman and wounded three others in the village of Kibanban in Misamis Oriental’s Balingasag town.
Two militias accompanied by their spouses were on a motorcycle taxi when rebels attacked them at around 6:20 a.m., according to Army Major Eugenio Osias, a spokesman for the 4th Infantry Division.
“The NPA is ruthless and even innocent civilians are targeted,” he told the Mindanao Examiner, adding among those wounded was a government militia and two civilians.
“They were heading to a local court to testify against a captured NPA leader, Reden Libono, when rebels ambushed them. Troops in the village rescued the victims and pursued the attackers,” Osias said.
It was not immediately known whether any of the ambushers were captured or not, but the army spokesman said operation is still going in the town.
The rebels are fighting for decades now for the establishment of a communist state in the Philippines.
By Mindanao Examiner
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