Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Soldier hurt in NPA ambush in Surigao del Sur

MANILA, Philippines - An Army soldier was hurt following an ambush by suspected communist rebels Monday afternoon in the southern Philippine province of Surigao del Sur, a regional military spokesman said Tuesday.

At 3:45 p.m. Monday, operating troops form the 36th Infantry Battalion were fired upon by 10 New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Kabungsuan village in Lingig town, said Armed Forces Eastern Mindanao spokesman Maj. Armand Rico.

A 25-minute firefight then ensued which resulted to the slight wounding of an unnamed soldier, Rico added.

The operating troops then were able to detonate three claymore mines and an anti-tank mine.

"The enemy fled toward a southwest direction dragging with them their casualties," Rico said.

It could be determined how many rebels were killed or wounded in the incident. -

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