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Philippines Army Kills 10 Rebel Suspects


Military officials in the Philippines say troops have killed 10 communist rebels and captured at least 14 others in a raid on a meeting in a rice field early Monday on the central island of Leyte.

The officials say the men belonged to the New People's Army, the armed wing of the Philippine Communist Party, which has been leading an insurgency since the late 1960s.

But some leftists and human rights groups say those killed were not NPA rebels, but were poor farmers and political activists protesting a land reform program.

On Saturday, NPA rebels detonated a land mine that tore through a passing army truck, killing nine soldiers and wounding 20 others in the central island of Panay. A policeman was also killed in a separate clash.

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

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