15 suspected communist rebels dead in clash: Philippine army

15 suspected communist rebels dead in clash: Philippine armyFifteen suspected communist guerrillas including six women have been killed in a gunbattle, the Philippine military said on Wednesday, days after President Rodrigo Duterte called off peace talks. Duterte last week vowed to go to war with the rebels and threatened to categorise them a “terrorist” group over deadly attacks against soldiers and police. Late Tuesday residents reported seeing armed men boarding a van and a truck in the town of Nasugbu 65 kilometres (40 miles) south of Manila, prompting authorities to send troops, said local military spokesman Colonel Teody Toribio.



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