Philippine troops kill 6 communist rebels in a clash
MANILA (AFP) - Six communist rebels led by a woman were killed in clashes with Philippine troops in the latest flare-up in one of Asia's longest-running insurgencies, the military said on Wednesday.
Residents tipped off the military late Tuesday about nine New People's Army (NPA) rebels who were trying to set up a support network in a village in the northern province of Tarlac, military spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Ramon Zagala said.
"The rebels are trying to gain leverage in the area," Lieutenant-Colonel Zagala told AFP.
Three other rebels escaped during the firefight that lasted into the early hours of Wednesday, he said. He did not name their slain woman leader.