Monday, 19 April 2010

Philippines resistance ambushes police unit

RESISTANCE fighters in the Philippines have carried out a spectacular ambush of state forces. reported: "Four members of an elite police unit died and seven others were injured when they were ambushed by suspected Communist rebels in Antipolo City, Rizal province early Tuesday morning, the provincial police chief said.

"Senior Superintendent Jonathan Miano said that a nine-member team of the elite Special Action Force unit of the Philippine National Police together with two civilians and 34 members of the Special Action Company were ambushed at Sitio (sub-village) Caysacat, Barangay (village) San Jose 6 a.m. Tuesday.

"Initial investigation revealed that the government forces were on board a SAF Defender vehicle, heading towards Bicutan in Taguig City when they were waylaid by the suspects.

"Government troops were reportedly attacked using land mines and grenades, Miano said.

Added Earth Times: "Communist rebels have been fighting the government since the late 1960s, making the movement one of the longest-running leftist insurgencies in Asia."