Five Filipino troops killed in communist attack

Communist rebels ambushed an army vehicle with a land mine blast and gunfire, killing five soldiers and wounding two others, the military said Wednesday, after the guerrillas ruled out a resumption of stalled peace talks. The ambush happened Tuesday as a vehicle carrying administrative army personnel ran over the land mine in Lianga township in Surigao del Norte province in the southern Philippines, army spokesman Lt. Col. Romeo Brawner said in a statement. The ensuing gunfight left five soldiers dead and two wounded. Troops also lost five firearms, ammunition, a laptop and other belongings, he said, while condemning the rebel use of land mines in violation of international treaties.