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29 March 2006 :: 14:03:05 pm 33473

NPA Guerrillas Step Up Terror Campaign In Philippines

NPA continue to hold up the Phililpines’ development in ongoing guerrilla war. A bomb exploded on Wednesday inside a bus in Digos City in the southern Philippines, wounding seven people, police said. The bomb was crude, but, nevertheless, effective.
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Security officials were investigating whether the communist guerrilla group, the New People’s Army (NPA), had planted the ad hoc explosive device, which went off around 11:30 a.m. (11:30 p.m. EST Tuesday) after the bus stopped at a terminal.

“We are investigating if the NPA is behind this since it’s their anniversary,” provincial police officer Reggiette Tecson declared.

The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, vowed on Tuesday to step up attacks on government targets outside the capital as the rebels marked their 37th anniversary on Wednesday.

The NPA guerrillas have been waging an insurgency since 1969, which has killed more than 40,000 people, deterred investment and slowed development in one of Southeast Asia’s poorest countries.

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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