Three policemen killed in Philippines

Three policemen have been killed in a communist guerrilla ambush while two civilians have been abducted by rebels in the southern Philippines.

    Communist and Islamist rebels are fighting government forces

    New People's Army (NPA) gunmen waylaid three traffic policemen on the outskirts of the southern city of Butuan late on Monday, a police report said on Tuesday. 

    All three officers were shot dead as they approached the neighbourhood. 

    The NPA has been fighting a 35-year Maoist insurgency. President Gloria Arroyo's government resumed peace talks with the rebel leadership in Norway last month, but the two sides have not signed a ceasefire. 

    Abu Sayyaf

    Meawhile, Abu Sayyaf guerrillas killed a man and abducted his wife and son in the village of Buan in the Tawi-tawi island group in the extreme southern Philippines on Sunday, the military said. 

    The Abu Sayyaf has been waging a kidnapping and bombing campaign in support of an attempt to set up an independent state in the southern Philippines. 

    The US government deems the Abu Sayyaf a "foreign terrorist organisation" and has helped train Filipino troops going after the insurgent group.



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