2 Philippine police officers killed, 4 wounded in clash with rebels – Manila News
The PNP mentioned the police officers had been hit by an improvised explosive system throughout a firefight on Saturday with an undetermined variety of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels in Gamay, a city in Northern Samar province, Xinhua information company reported.
The PNP mentioned the officers had been members of its elite unit the Special Action Force (SAF) created as a extremely specialised strike drive to battle insurgents, terrorists, and organised crime teams.
There had been no reported casualties on the insurgent aspect.
The NPA rebels have been combating the federal government since 1969. They focus their assaults on rural areas and small-scale skirmishes with the army.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte restarted talks to finish the a long time-outdated insurgency after he got here to energy in 2016, however the negotiations have faltered.
The NPA energy is presently estimated at 3,000, considerably decrease than its peak in the Nineteen Eighties.