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Philippine Soldiers Killed in Ambush by Marxist Insurgents


Philippine military officials say at least 10 soldiers have been killed in an ambush by suspected communist rebels in the northern Philippines.

The ambush occurred Monday near the town of Cervantes. Officials say the soldiers were traveling to Cervantes to set up security for a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of a World War II battle between Japanese and Allied forces.

The ceremony, which was to have been attended by foreign diplomats, was later canceled.

The ambush happened a day after 14 communist rebels were killed during a clash with government forces in the northern Philippines.

Officials say the rebels belonged to the New People's Army, which has been fighting to install a communist government in the Philippines since 1969.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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