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1 soldier killed, 9 wounded in NPA encounter

/ 07:09 PM March 13, 2012

MANILA, Philippines—One soldier was killed and 10 others were injured after communist rebels blasted two landmines while a military vehicle passed by in Barangay Nago-ocan, Katubig in Northern Samar Tuesday morning, a military spokesman said.

Army spokesman Major Harold Cabunoc said the rebels detonated a roadside bomb followed by “raining bullets” when the vehicle of the troops from the 34th Infantry Battalion passed by.

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Lieutenant Colonel Niceforo Diaz of the 8th Infantry Division only identified the slain soldier with a rank of a sergeant.

Diaz added the troops encountered with more or less 20 communist rebels in a one-hour firefight after it blasted the landmines.

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Meanwhile, the wounded soldiers were already airlifted to the nearest hospital.

Pursuit operations are still ongoing, Diaz also said.

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TAGS: Army spokesman Major Harold Cabunoc, communist rebels, New People’s Army, Philippine Army
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