Three soldiers killed in clash in southern Philippines
( dpa ) - Three soldiers were killed Saturday and six more were wounded in a clash with communist rebels in the southern Philippines, a regional army spokesman said.
Major Patrick Cinco said the fighting erupted when an undetermined number of communist guerrillas attacked an army encampment on the outskirts of Davao City, 990 kilometres south of Manila.
Cinco said there were no reported casualties on the guerrillas' side but more troops have been dispatched to the area to conduct pursuit operations.
Communist rebels have been fighting the Philippine government since the late 1960s, making the movement one of the longest-running leftist insurgencies in Asia.