• Rebels raid work site, kill two in SCotabato

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    ZAMBOANGA CITY: Communist rebels raided a construction firm and killed two security guards and wounded five others in South Cotabato province in southern Philippines, the police and the military said on Tuesday.

    The attack late Monday on Gemma Construction in the village of Lamfugon in Lake Sebu town also saw at least four bulldozers and back hoes destroyed.

    The gunmen, all members of the New People’s Army, also rigged the area with improvised explosives to delay soldiers and policemen from pursuing them, but armed militias clashed with the rebels.

    It was unclear if any of the militias or rebels were killed or wounded in the fighting as authorities have not released a detailed report on the daring raid.

    The company is working on a government dam project in the area.

    The motive for the raid is unknown but previous attacks on other companies were made over failure of the firms to pay so-called revolutionary taxes.

    There was no immediate statement from the rebel group, which as been fighting for nearly five decades now for the establishment of a communist state in the country.

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