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1,255 Reported Slain in Philippine Rebel Clashes This Year

May 18, 1987|From Reuters

MANILA — A total of 1,255 people have been killed in two separate guerrilla wars in the Philippines this year, 22% fewer than during the same period last year, the army said Sunday.

It said 1,121 people were killed up to Friday in violence related to the nationwide Communist insurgency. The rest were casualties from a smaller Muslim separatist rebellion on the southern island of Mindanao.

The dead included 456 Communist guerrillas, 55 Muslim rebels, 391 soldiers and policemen and 353 civilians, the army said.

A total of 1,608 people were killed in the same period last year--645 rebels, both Communists and Muslims; 502 soldiers, and 461 civilians.

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