Seven wounded in ‘communist attack’

2011-05-07 07:16

Manila, Philippines – Five soldiers and two civilians were wounded in an attack by communist rebels near the Philippine capital, a regional military spokesperson said today.

The fighting erupted late on Thursday, when communist rebels fired at a group of soldiers securing a fiesta celebration in the village of Mamuyao in Rizal province, 45km east of Manila, Colonel Generoso Bolina said.

Bolina said all the victims were in stable condition and were being treated at a nearby hospital.

There were no reported casualties on the side of the rebels.

Communist rebels have been fighting the government since the late 1960s, making the movement one of the longest-running leftist insurgencies in Asia.

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