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1 soldier killed, another hurt in Albay ambush

One soldier was killed and another wounded when an armed group ambushed them Saturday morning in Daraga, Albay in the Bicol Region, a military spokesman said.

Lieutenant Colonel Audrey Pasia, spokesman for the 9th Infantry Division, said 10 soldiers had been sent for the medical mission upon the request of local officials of Barangay Nabasan. They had with them a civilian doctor when they were fired upon around 9:20 a.m. at the boundary of Barangay San Vicente Grande and Nabasan.

According to Pasia, the soldiers then got off the military truck and engaged the attackers in a 15-minute firefight. The bandits fled, leaving one lieutenant, whose name has been withheld, dead, while Private First Class Genesis Broso was wounded.

Broso is now in a stable condition at a local hospital in Legaspi City, Pasia added. Doctor Ramon Martin, the civilian doctor, was unhurt.

“We will never flinch in our efforts to help the poor people in our area despite this senseless attack by the rebels. We denounced the attack that resulted to the killing of my soldier," said Pasia.

Ninth infantry division Chief Major General Josue Gaverza Jr. has already directed 901st commander Colonel Arthur Ang to begin pursuit operations on the rebels, who had escaped along with the casualties from their side.

Guzman noted that this has been the second attack on an Army medical mission in the past two months. In October, a medical mission on a banca en route to their site in Masbate was fired upon by New People's Army rebels. —with Bea Cupin /LBG, GMA News


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