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Guerrillas spring seven comrades

October 27, 2008|Times Wire Reports

Communist guerrillas, disguised as anti-narcotics agents, barged into an underguarded provincial prison southeast of Manila and freed seven of their comrades in a daring 15-minute operation completed without firing a shot, officials said.

The 30 New People's Army guerrillas, mostly armed with machine guns, fled in four vans with the freed inmates late Saturday in Quezon province.

They later clashed with police at a checkpoint.

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