6 rebels killed in foiled attack on Japanese plantation in Compostela

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – At least six alleged leftist rebels were killed during an attack on a Japanese-owned banana plantation in the southern Philippines today, police and the military said.

Police and military seized five high-powered firearms, including a light machine gun in the incident that occurred in Mawab town, in Mindanao’s Compostela Valley province, said Jose Carumba, spokesperson of the southern Mindanao police.

Leopoldo Galon, a military spokesperson, said a truckload of leftist New People’s Army guerrillas swooped down on the security post of the Sumitumo Fruits Corporation (Sumifru) Philippines in Malinawon village at around 3 p.m.

“The rebels attacked the company security, which was augmented by soldiers from the army’s 66th Infantry Battalion. The troops fought them off, killing six attackers,” Carumba told Xinhua by phone.

Another group of rebels briefly blocked a national road and a bridge near the scene of the clash, stopping traffic.

Helicopters from the Philippine Air Force were sent to provide air support to government troops, the spokesman said.

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