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Rebels ambush city mayor's convoy

Communist rebels have ambushed the convoy of a city mayor and wife of the Philippines' former vice president Teofisto Guingona Jr, killing two of her aides and wounding a police escort.

Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo, the national police spokesman, said that Mayor Ruth Guingona of southern Ginoog City suffered abrasions from last night's attack and that she and the wounded policeman were out of danger. A regional police report said Guingona was hit in her lower right knee.

The report said Guingona's group was travelling after attending a beauty pageant in a hinterland village of Ginoog when communist rebels manning a road block fired at her vehicle, causing it to overturn. The rebels and Guingona's six police escorts then traded shots before the rebels fled.


From Belfast Telegraph