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Rebels Hit Philippine Power Plant; 7 Die

Three rebels and four soldiers died Saturday when the guerrilla New People’s Army attacked a power plant south of the capital, the military said. The attack came days after a rebel official warned of increased attacks to punish the government of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for its close ties to the United States. About 50 New People’s Army guerrillas attacked government troops guarding the power plant in Calaca about 2 a.m., armed forces spokesman Lt. Col. Daniel Lucero said. Air force Maj. Restituto Padilla said three government troops were killed in the gunbattle and a fourth died later in a hospital. The rebels also wounded six on the government side. Rebel fighters fired at least two volleys of light anti-tank rockets at the detachment guarding the power plant. Padilla said his forces recovered the bodies of three rebels, but a spokesman for the New People’s Army, Gregorio Rosal, said he was only aware of two casualties. Full Story

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