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DAVAO CITY — The Philippine Army (PA) has launched a mission to rescue five soldiers who were seized by communist militants in Davao City, the Mindanao Examiner reported.

The soldiers were returning to their base on June 18 when New People’s Army (NPA) rebels flagged down the tricycles they were riding in. The kidnapping took place in the Paquibato district, a known communist stronghold in Davao City.

One of the soldiers managed to escape. The five soldiers were abducted together with the two tricycle drivers. The drivers were later released unharmed.

The troops were participating in the implementation of a development program to provide food for grade-school pupils in the district. They were in civilian clothes when they were seized, army officials said. (AFP)


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