Close  

3 soldiers hurt in Basilan ambush

/ 02:58 PM May 16, 2019

ZAMBOANGA CITY — Three soldiers of the Philippine Army’s 74th Infantry Battalion (IB) were wounded in an ambush in the boundary of Barangay Sabong and Campo Uno in Lamitan City in Basilan at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday.

Colonel Gerry Besana, public affairs officer of the Western Mindanao Command, said the three personnel from the Bravo Company of the 74th IB were on board two motorcycles on their way to Macalang Patrol Base in Al Barka town when an unidentified armed group ambushed them.

ADVERTISEMENT

Police Colonel Rufino Inot, provincial director of the Basilan Police office, said the three soldiers came from the market in Lamitan City and on their way back to their headquarters when the unidentified suspects repeatedly fired at them using a caliber 5.56 rifle. Sixteen empty shells were recovered from the crime scene.

Inot identified the victims as Corporal Allan Ablan, Private First Class Richard Fernandez, and Private First Class Romulo Taeza.

FEATURED STORIES

Responding troops brought the wounded soldiers to the St. Peter’s Hospital in Lamitan City for treatment, he said.

He said more troops from the 74th IB have cleared the area and were pursuing the perpetrators.

Besana said this was the first violent incident to happen in Basilan after the peaceful conduct of the midterm elections in the province. (EditorLeti Boniol)

Read Next
LATEST STORIES
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: ambush, Basilan, Local news, soldiers
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.



© Copyright 1997-2019 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.