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Rights groups to probe armed clash
Civilians thought to be among 27 dead in skirmish with communist rebels
- ucanews.com reporter, Manila
- July 17, 2012
"There were initial reports from residents that civilians were affected and killed along with the communist guerillas, garnering a total of 27 victims," the rights group Karapatan said in a statement.
The group said it will send a team to San Narciso in Quezon province where the incident occurred.
The military claims┬áthe rebels were preparing an ambush when they were chanced upon by government soldiers. The ensuing 30-minute firefight killed 11 rebels and wounded two soldiers, the military said.
However, Karapatan┬ásays local residents reported┬ácivilians were caught in the crossfire and seven houses were burned.
The human rights group says one of the dead,┬áArmando Albarillo,┬áwas suspected by the military of being┬áa commander in the rebel New People's Army operating in Quezon province.
The Save Bondoc Peninsula Movement, a Quezon-based rights groups, will also join the probe that will run through Thursday.
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