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Government Soldiers, Communist Rebels Clash

April 06, 2002|From Times Wire Reports

At least 10 communist rebels and five army soldiers were killed in a firefight in the southern Philippines, an army general said.

The battle, which erupted late Thursday in the vicinity of Davao Oriental province on Mindanao island, continued Friday, said Brig. Gen. Felipe Berroya, commander of the 701st Brigade.

Berroya said about 60 troops from the 60th Infantry Battalion encountered a 100-strong communist force about three miles from the main rebel camp.

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