Three communist rebels killed in Philippines

Other News Materials 3 June 2010 09:16 (UTC +04:00)

Three communist rebels were killed Thursday in a clash with government troops near the Philippine capital, an army spokesman said, DPA reported.

One more rebel was captured in the fighting that erupted before dawn in a remote village in Taysan town in Batangas province, 75 kilometres south of Manila, Major Ronald Jess Alcudia said.

Alcudia said a soldier was also wounded in the fighting and was airlifted to a nearby hospital for treatment.

Troops recovered five assault rifles, one grenade launcher, two rifle grenades and one two-way radio left behind by the fleeing rebels.

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