At least two female soldiers were injured in a land mine blast in Tagum City in Davao del Norte province early Tuesday morning.
The explosion occurred at about 6 a.m. along Tagum Road in Barangay Magdum in Tagum City, radio dzBB's Davao affiliate Raul Tolibas reported.
The injured soldiers were rushed to the Tagum Doctors' Hospital for treatment, the report said.
An initial investigation showed the soldiers were heading for Compostela Valley and were passing through Tagum Road when the land mine exploded.
The military has launched pursuit operations against the perpetrators, who they believe could be connected to the communist New People's Army.
Last April, the Armed Forces of the Philippines accused the NPA of using land mines and improvised explosive devices in attacking not only government forces but also civilians.
It said a recent study it made linked the NPA to 107 "landmining incidents" nationwide, resulting in 113 people killed and 262 wounded in the last 10 years.
"Landmining and use of IEDs which are usually followed by ambuscades are prohibited tactics long practiced by the NPA since the beginning of their armed violence," it said. —KG, GMA News