4 die in shootout as rebels seize Philippine bus

December 2, 2010 04:51


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 Suspected communist guerrillas seized a passenger bus and opened fire on pursuing government forces in a running gunbattle that killed at least four people east of Manila.

Despite the renewed violence Wednesday, a presidential peace talks adviser said a government representative will meet with his rebel counterpart in a second day of informal talks in Hong Kong on Thursday.

The meeting was set up to find the way for resuming negotiations after a six-year hiatus, said Teresita Deles, presidential adviser on the peace process.

The Philippines' 41-year Marxist rebellion has been one of Asia's longest, stunting economic development and involving sporadic clashes and human rights violations that have killed an estimated 120,000 combatants and civilians.

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