Rebel attacks in Philippines kill 12

March 11, 2014 - 12:44:38 am
DAVAO:  Ten members of the security forces and two communist insurgents were killed in a string of guerrilla attacks targeting Philippine police and military yesterday.  

At least 50 New People’s Army (NPA) rebels overwhelmed a small group of policemen at the police station in Matanao on the southern island of Mindanao at dawn, said local military spokesman Captain William Rodriguez.

“They fell on the town riding trucks and a small bus, about 50 of them... thirty minutes later (other) rebels also attacked a (local military) detachment but they were not successful there,” he told reporters.

A photographer saw bloodstains on the floor in front of the police station, while ripped pieces of paper lay scattered on the hallway. Two policemen were killed and three others wounded in the raid on the police station itself, while the two of the raiders, who were wearing military uniforms, also died, Rodriguez said.

One of the three wounded policemen later died in hospital. 

Seven soldiers died and another seven were wounded about five hours later when their vehicle triggered a roadside bomb as they pursued the retreating rebels.

The photographer saw a disabled camouflage-hued military truck sitting in the middle of the road amid civilian vehicle traffic in the afternoon, hours after the bomb attack. The truck’s windshield and hood were riddled with bullet holes.

Rodriguez said the rebels stole 10 firearms from the police armoury in Matanao, a hilly farming town of about 52,000 people located about 1,000km south of Manila. AFP