Two soldiers were killed in North Cotabato on Saturday after "a series of landmines" exploded near them during a firefight with rebels believed responsible for attacks in Davao del Sur last week.
According to Captain Ernest Carolina, spokesman of the Army's 10th Infantry Division, members of the 1002nd Infantry Brigade sent to go after members of the communist New People's Army engaged the group in a firefight in Magpet town early Saturday morning.
During the firefight, which lasted for an hour, "a series of landmines exploded near the troops," killing the two soldiers and wounding three others.
The NPA attacked military and police outposts in Matanao town in Davao del Sur on March 10, killing 10 government troops. Two suspected rebels were also killed in the fighting.