Communist Rebels Kill 5 Soldiers in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines - A Philippine military spokesman says communist guerrillas have killed five soldiers and wounded two others in a clash after the rebels raided a mining company in the central Philippines.

Army Capt. Leo Christopher Cunanan said New People's Army guerrillas clashed early Saturday with security forces pursuing them a day after they raided the Philex Mining Corp. facility in a village in central Negros Occidental province. The military believed the rebels suffered casualties but had no details.

He says rebels burned two employee barracks, mining equipment and a generator in the latest attack on mining companies in the country. The rebels also seized six firearms from soldiers.

Such hit-and-run attacks have been common throughout the 44-year Marxist insurgency.

Norwegian-brokered peace talks have stalled. Each side blames the other for the breakdown.

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