Agence France-PresseOctober 21, 2013 08:07
Communist insurgents killed nine soldiers Monday in landmine ambushes in the southern Philippines, the military said.
The attacks, among the bloodiest by the New People's Army (NPA) in months, also left five soldiers wounded, a military statement said.
The first group of soldiers were on their way to meet pro-government militiamen when they hit a landmine planted by the NPA, it said.
The rebels then opened fire on the soldiers, leaving eight dead and one in critical condition.
They then carted off seven of the soldiers' rifles.