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Rebels raid construction site, kill 2 in Southern Philippines

COTABATO CITY – Communist rebels raided a construction firm and killed two security guards and wounded 5 others in South Cotabato province in southern Philippines, police and military said Tuesday.

The attack late Monday on Gemma Construction in the village of Lamfugon in Lake Sebu town also destroyed at least four bulldozers and backhoes.

The gunmen, all members of the New People’s Army, also rigged the area with improvised explosives to delay soldiers and policemen from pursuing them, but armed militias clashed with rebels.

It was unclear if any of the militias or rebels were killed or wounded in the fighting as authorities have to release a detailed report of the daring raid. The company is currently working on a government dam project in the area.

The motive of the raid is unknown, but previous attacks on other companies were due to its failure to pay so-called revolutionary taxes.

There was no immediate statement from the rebel group which is fighting for many decades now for the establishment of a separate Maoist state in the country. (Mindanao Examiner)

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