MANILA, Sept 21 (Xinhua): Philippine troops have killed six rebels in separate clashes in southern Philippines, the military said on Tuesday.
According to the military report, five New People's Army (NPA) rebels were killed in the first fighting at around 6.45am local time Monday in Bukidnon province. Another rebel was killed in a clash in Agusan del Norte province at around 3pm Monday.
The report said troops seized firearms from the clash sites, including AK47, M16 and M653 assault rifles.
No soldiers were wounded or killed in both clashes.
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte restarted the talks to end the decades-old insurgency when he came to power in 2016, but the negotiations faltered.
The NPA rebels have been fighting the government since 1969. They concentrate their attacks in rural areas.
The NPA's estimated strength is at 3,000, significantly lower than its peak strength in the 1980s. - Xinhua