Communists Kill Trooper One Day After Killing Eight Government Troops
MANILA, Philippines (AP) _ Communist rebels killed a constabulary trooper today, one day after eight government troops died and two others were wounded in an ambush in another part of Luzon island, the military said.
A military statement said the constabulary sergeant was killed about 5 a.m. when New People’s Army guerrillas raided a detachment near Mangatarem, some 100 miles north of Manila.
On Thursday, eight government troops were killed and two others wounded when rebels ambushed a firetruck returning to a military camp near the town of Buhi in Camarines Sur province, 190 miles southeast of Manila.
There was no report of rebel casualties.
The military said over 700 people have been killed in rebel ambushes and military raids since January this year.
Fighting between government and rebel forces has intensified since a truce entered into with the Communist-dominated National Democratic Front ended Feb. 8.
President Corazon Aquino has vowed to overcome Communist forces and has ordered a ″string of military victories.″