From the Sun Star-Zamboanga (Jul 4): 4 soldiers wounded in Agusan del Sur explosion
FOUR soldiers were wounded when New People’s Army (NPA) rebels set off an improvised bomb at the height of a firefight in the hinterlands of Agusan del Sur, the military reported Saturday.
Lieutenant Colonel Eduardo Gubat, Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesman, said the explosion occurred around 2:35 p.m. Thursday in the village of Binucayan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur.
Gubat did not identify the wounded soldiers except in saying they belong to the Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion, who were taken to a hospital in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.
Gubat said the troops were sent on security patrol following the reported presence of NPA rebels when the clash ensued in the village of Binucayan, Loreto town.
He said the NPA rebels have set off an improvised bomb fashioned out as landmine that resulted to the injury of the four soldiers.
He said the rebels fled carrying some of their wounded companions based on information gathered from the civilians near the clash site.
He said the troops have recovered the following items the NPAs abandoned at the clash site: three unexploded improvised bombs; 310 meters electrical wires; five liters of gasoline; four backpacks; raincoat; tent; subscriber identification module (SIM) cards; and, a medical kit.