Manila, Philippines — Communist rebels carried out two attacks on Philippine troops Monday, killing eight soldiers and militiamen in the nation’s south, authorities said.
Army spokesman Lt Nasrulah Sema said some Communist rebels, 50 New People’s Army rebels first detonated a land mine and then opened fire on an army truck, killing seven soldiers and militiamen in a mountainous region of Tulunan townn in North Cotabato province.
The soldiers were on their way to a rural outpost to deliver cash allowances to militiamen.
A truckload of soldiers was deployed to hunt down the attackers, but they were hit by another land mine and then came under fire in a second attack that killed one soldier and wounded four others in Makilala town, according to reports.
The attackers are believed to be Communist rebels Maoist guerrillas, who still number about 4,000 armed men from a peak strength of 25,000 in the mid-1980s.