Communist attacks kill 6 in Philippines


Philippine officials say a string of attacks by communist rebels in the country’s south has killed six people, including five security personnel and one village leader.

Military spokesman Lt. Col. Leopoldo Galon said Wednesday that two special forces soldiers ambushed while en route to secure a government convoy were among those killed in seven attacks Tuesday by the New People’s Army rebels in eastern Mindanao Island.

Another soldier, a policeman, a government militiaman and a village leader also died in separate attacks.

The government and the rebels have resumed talks to end one of Asia’s longest-running Marxist rebellions. But they have failed to agree on a truce, with the rebels keeping up assaults on remote police and army posts.

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