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Vehicles torched as leftist rebels storm Chinese mining firm in Agusan

The Philippine Star

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) - Leftist rebels attacked a Chinese mining company in Agusan del Norte over the weekend, burning vehicles and disarming its guards, military and police officials said today.

About 100 heavily-armed New People's Army guerrillas swooped down on the Alston Mining Company in Tubay town, in Agusan del Norte, around 1:15 a.m., said Superintendent Martin Gamba, spokesperson of the Caraga regional police.

The rebels, led by a local commander named Dodi of the NPA's Front 21 also set fire to several office buildings, aside from torching four dump trucks, a back hoe of the mining company owned by a Chinese national, Gamba said.

Captain Christian Uy, spokesperson of the army's 4th Infantry Division, told Xinhua in a text message the rebels also seized six shotguns from guards, before fleeing to a forested area northeast of the village.

"We suspected extortion as the motive behind this incident," said Uy, adding pursuit operations were now being launched by government forces against the rebels.

 

AGUSAN ALSTON MINING COMPANY CAPTAIN CHRISTIAN UY CARAGA DODI INFANTRY DIVISION NEW PEOPLE NORTE SUPERINTENDENT MARTIN GAMBA TUBAY XINHUA
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