Filipino Rebels Deny Biological Warfare Charge

An armed guerrilla group in the Philippines on Thursday denied an accusation that it had incorporated “deadly toxin” and bacteria in land mines, Inquirer Mindanao reported.

Scientific analysis indicated that the New People's Army -- the armed branch of the Communist Party of the Philippines -- had deliberately incorporated "human or animal feces" in the munitions, said Victor Dato, a medical expert with a counterinsurgency unit of the Filipino armed forces.

"We have already had a patient who is a former NPA member who attested to this practice when making land mines,” Dato added in comments released by the Eastern Mindanao Command. His military unit is charged with fighting insurgents on Mindanao, the country's southernmost island.

September 5, 2013
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An armed guerrilla group in the Philippines on Thursday denied an accusation that it had incorporated “deadly toxin” and bacteria in land mines, Inquirer Mindanao reported.

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