Communist Rebels Kill 4 Soldiers in Philippines

Suspected communist guerrillas have killed four unarmed, off-duty soldiers in the southern Philippines in the latest flare-up of the 43-year insurgency, military officials said Monday. At least 10 suspected New People’s Army guerrillas opened fire with M16 rifles on the soldiers in the rural outskirts of Davao city late Sunday afternoon, initially killing three soldiers, regional military spokeswoman Maj. Rosa Maria Cristina Manuel said. The attack was staged in Davao city’s Paquibato district in an impoverished region where the Maoist guerrillas have been most active and lethal in recent years.

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