Two troops dead, rebel camp overrun in Philippines
MANILA (AFP) - Two soldiers were killed in a firefight with communist guerrillas in the northern Philippines while in a separate clash police backed by helicopters stormed a rebel base near a mountain resort, officials said on Saturday.
Up to 30 New Peope's Army (NPA) gunmen fought a two-day gunbattle with police forces near the resort town of Sagada, said Chief Superintendent Benjamin Magalong, the regional police chief.
"We used two ground-assault aircraft to neutralise snipers and improvised explosive devices at their camp," he told AFP in a telephone interview.
Sagada, which boasts caves, mountainside rice terraces and pine forests, is a town in the Cordillera mountain range that is popular with Western backpackers and local tourists escaping the tropical heat.