Policeman shot dead in NPA raid on Mindanao outpost

Agence France-Presse
Last updated 10:55am (Mla time) 06/25/2007

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines — A policeman was killed when communist guerrillas raided a government outpost and stole guns in the southern Philippines, police said Monday.


A 30-man unit from the New People’s Army (NPA) swooped on the undermanned police station on the outskirts of Dangcagan town on Mindanao Island Sunday, triggering a brief gunbattle.


The rebels overpowered the four policemen on duty, raided the armory and carted away several automatic rifles.


Police officer Danilo Doble Franca was killed in the shootout. His three colleagues were unharmed.


The NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, which has been waging a decades-old Maoist rebellion.


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