Thursday, May 1, 2014

3 soldiers killed in NPA ambush in Ilocos Sur

From ABS-CBN (May 1): 3 soldiers killed in NPA ambush in Ilocos Sur

Three soldiers were killed in an ambush by suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) in Cervantes, Ilocos Sur on Thursday morning, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

Maj. Emmanuel Garcia, civil military operations officer of the AFP's Northern Luzon Command, said soldiers from the 50th Infantry Battalion, on board military vehicles, were on their way to a store when they were ambushed by the rebels in Sitio Daing, Barangay Remedios at around 9 a.m.

Garcia said the soldiers were supposed to buy medicines and water for their May 6-7 medical mission in the villages of Alangtin and Tubtuba in Tubo, Abra.

One soldier was wounded in the attack, he said.

Meanwhile, one soldier was also killed in a firefight with members of the NPA in Maitum, Sarangani on Thursday morning, according to 10th Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. Ernest Carolina.

A clash with the rebel group in Barangay Fatima, Paquibato District, Davao also left four soldiers from the the 69th Infantry Battalion wounded.

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