Marine soldier dies while trying to defuse bomb

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines — A marine soldier was killed while two others were hurt in an accidental bomb explosion in Panglima Estino town in Sulu on Saturday night.

Colonel Jose Johriel Cenabre, commander of the Joint Task Force Sulu, said the victims were trying to defuse an improvised explosive device when the blast happened.

Cenabre said the bomb was placed outside the house of a village official and that the soldiers were there to defuse it.

“While conducting recovery and disposal, it went off,” Cenabre said.

He identified the slain marine soldier as Staff Sergeant Jessie Sebala.

Wounded were Technical Sergeant Froctuso Cajote Jr. and Staff Sergeant Albert Tannong.

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