Europe News Desk!!! Seven suspected leftist rebels were killed in a military raid in the Philippines on Sunday. Army Captain Jefferson Mariano said troops attacked a New People’s Army (NPA) base in northern Samar province after villagers reported the presence of rebels there, Xinhua news agency reported. Mariano said the army used air and artillery to penetrate the heavily fortified fortifications with anti-personnel mines, resulting in a 30-minute battle. Mariano said troops recovered seven bodies and several guns and ammunition after the clashes. NPA rebels have been fighting the government since 1969. They focus their attacks on rural areas and have skirmishes with the army. Military data revealed that the NPA is estimated to have 2,000 members, far below its peak strength in the 1980s.
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