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Female communist warrior killed in Bicol clash

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 13:45:00 06/14/2008

MANILA, Philippines — A New People’s Army (NPA) female combatant was killed following a firefight between communist guerillas and government troops in Camarines Sur province at dawn Saturday, a military spokesman said.

Troops from the 42nd Infantry Battalion and the police were on patrol in Tingtingon village, Lagonoy town at around 5:20 a.m. when they encountered a group of NPA fighters, Armed Forces spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr. said.

Two M16 rifles were recovered from the rebels. There were no casualties on the government side, Torres said.

The identity of the slain rebel was not immediately available.

Earlier Saturday, at around 3:30 a.m., Army troops overran an NPA camp in Quezon town, Bukidnon province. The three-hour firefight left three rebels killed and three soldiers wounded.

Armed Forces Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Alexander Yano congratulated the troops for Saturday’s engagements and urged them to “press on the fight and sustain the gains toward the defeat of the insurgents,” Torres said in a text message.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has given security forces until the end of her term in 2010 to “defeat” the communist insurgency, “destroy” Islamic extremist groups, and “contain” the Moro rebellion.

At the end of the first quarter, the military estimated the strength of the NPA, the armed wing of the CPP, at around 5,000.

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