2 gov’t militiamen killed, 1 missing in leftist rebel attacks in Agusan

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) – Two government militiamen were killed and another was missing after two attacks by suspected leftist rebels in the southern Philippines today, police said.

A militiaman died and two others, including a soldier, were wounded in an ambush by New People’s Army (NPA) rebels against four members of the government Army’s 23rd Infantry Battalion in Balit village, San Luis town of the southern province of Agusan del Sur, according to Superintendent Martin Gamba, spokesperson of Caraga regional police office.

The victims were onboard two motorcycles from Don Alejandro village of the same town around 11 a.m. when they were attacked by 20 fully-armed leftist guerrillas, Gamba said in a statement, adding a militiaman remained unaccounted for.

In Las Nieves town, Agusan del Norte province, four men believed to be leftist guerrillas shot and killed a militiaman around 6:30 a.m., said Gamba.

Joint police and army troops were conducting pursuit operations against those behind the two incidents, Gamba said.

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