Philippine rebels target soldiers after truce ends

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Maoist rebels holding peace talks with the Philippine government have killed four soldiers and kidnapped three others after announcing the end of a self-declared ceasefire, the military said Thursday.
The New People’s Army (NPA) kidnapped three army troops who were found dead hours later at a mountainous area on the southern island of Mindanao Wednesday, regional military spokesman Major Ezra Balagtey told AFP.
The NPA also ambushed another military unit elsewhere on the island, killing a junior officer, while three other soldiers were later kidnapped in another area of Mindanao early Thursday, Balagtey added.
“We are expecting they will be on (the) offensive again. It’s not the positive development that we want to happen,” Balagtey said. However the government and the rebels have said peace talks, which are set to resume in Norway in April, would go ahead.—AFP

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