Tuesday, November 29, 2011

3 Army soldiers killed in land mine blast in Davao City

Three Army soldiers were killed following a land mine explosion in the southern Philippine city of Davao Tuesday morning, a military officer said.

In a text message to reporters, Major Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, commander of the 10th CMO (civil-military operations) Battalion, said the explosion occurred 8:30 a.m.

At the time, elements of the 69th Infantry Battalion had just left their patrol base in Guinobatan village to conduct a community outreach program. The explosion occurred about 300 to 400 meters away from the patrol base.

The identities of the victims were not disclosed pending notification of their respective families.

Authorities believed the land mine was planted by communist rebels.

Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza, spokesman for the Army's 10th Infantry Division, said the incident was a violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law [CARHIHL].

Peace talks between the government and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines remain stalled since August 2004. — RSJ, GMA News
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November 29, 2011 11:21am

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