Leftist rebels disarm guards, burn vehicles of Japanese firm in S. Philippines

2013-08-14 04:22:48 GMT2013-08-14 12:22:48(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

DAVAO CITY, Philippines, Aug. 14 (Xinhua) -- Leftist rebels on Wednesday attacked anew a multinational firm in southern Philippines, burning several trucks and disarming guards, the military said.

At least 20 New People's Army guerrillas stormed the compound of Sumitumo Fruits Co. (Sumifru) in Bangbang village, Matalam town, in Mindanao's North Cotabato province at around 2:15 a.m. local time and overpowered the company guards, according to Captain Severino David, spokesperson of the military's Eastern Mindanao Command.

The guerrillas confiscated four shotguns and handheld radios from the firm security men before setting on fire six trucks parked at the firm compound. The rebels then fled to an unknown direction.

David said the attack could be due to the firm's refusal to pay up the rebels' revolutionary tax exacted from businesses and politicians.

He said police and army troops were now pursuing the NPA rebels.

The 4,000-strong NPA, armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, is fighting a leftist insurgency in 60 Philippine provinces since 1969.

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