Thursday, March 22, 2012

5 soldiers hurt in Surigao Norte landmine blast

MANILA, Philippines -- Five soldiers were wounded in a landmine explosion in Maninit, Surigao del Norte Wednesday night, a military spokesman said.

Col. Leopoldo Galon, spokesman of the Eastern Mindanao Command, said troops from the 30th Infantry Batallion were on board three military trucks when a landmine exploded along the road in Sitio Mat-e, Barangay Matinao shortly before 9:30 p.m.

Around 15 New People's Army then ambushed the soldiers leading to a 20-minute firefight.

The five wounded soldiers sustained minor wounds from shrapnel and were evacuated to the Caraga Hospital in Surigao City after the incident. Their names have been withheld. 

Abigail Kwok | | March 22, 2012 | Article Link