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Monday, October 21, 2013
KIDAPAWAN (Updated) -- Communist rebels have carried out two separate landmine attacks against Philippine military troops, killing nine soldiers, including a militiaman, in the province of North Cotabato on Monday.
Regional army spokesman Lieutenant Nasrulah Sema said the soldiers were on their way to deliver cash allowances to militiamen at a rural outpost in Tulunan town around 9:20 a.m. when about 50 New People's Army rebels detonated a landmine and opened fire on their army truck.
Seven troopers of the Army's 38th Infantry Battalion were killed and another one was wounded in the blast.
Sema said a truckload of soldiers was deployed to hunt down the attackers but they were hit by another landmine and came under rebel fire in a second attack that killed two soldiers and wounded four others in North Cotabato's Makilala town.
The local police said the rebels who are responsible for the attack belong to the Fronts 72 and 74 of the NPA.
Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala said the communist rebels continue to violate the Comprehensive Agreement on the Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law due to their persistent use of unstable Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs). (AP/John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)