MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- A Philippine army commander says three soldiers were killed and 13 others were wounded in an ambush by communist rebels in a northern province.
Brig. Gen Paul Atal, commander of the 503rd Brigade, said Tuesday that the rebels used land mines in the attack against about 30 soldiers traveling in a convoy of three army trucks.
He says the rebels set off the land mines to disable the trucks and then fired on the soldiers, who fought back, wounding some of the guerrillas who withdrew in the dark in the attack staged late Monday in a remote village of Kalinga province's Pinukpuk township.
Such hit-and-run tactics has been common in the 46-year-old insurgency, one of Asia's longest-running.