NPA attack mining firm in Compostela: police

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) – A group of suspected leftist rebels attacked a mining company in the southern Philippines late yesterday, burning several vehicles and equipment, local police said today.

Timoteo Pacleb, police chief of Compostela Valley province, said that over a dozen heavily-armed New People’s Army (NPA) rebels swooped down on the compound of local gold miner Philco Mining Corp. in a village of New Bataan, a town in the Southern Philippine province, after 8 p.m. Friday.

No one got hurt during the attack, but the armed men torched two trucks, two mechanical excavators and a drilling machine, Pacleb added.

The police official said they were still verifying reports about the firm’s manager and a local policeman allegedly taken hostage by the rebels who immediately fled following the attack. Police and army troops were now pursuiting the guerrillas.

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