Soldier killed in Ilocos Sur ambush

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Friday, May 2, 2014


A GOVERNMENT soldier was killed and six others were injured when they were waylaid by New People's Army (NPA) rebels in Quirino town in Ilocos Sur on Friday, a military official said.

Major Emmanuel Garcia, commander of the 1st Civil Relations Group based in Tarlac City, said the government troops are engaged in peace and development projects in a nearby province, including construction of a road.

Garcia said the soldiers were aboard a KM450 military jeep and were on their way to Sitio Cayus in Remedios village when they were ambushed by about 10 rebels at the village of Malideg around 4 a.m.

"The dead and wounded were extracted to safety by reinforcing troops and hot pursuit is now ongoing," said Garcia.

He said the troops are specifically involved in the construction of a road that will connect Sitio Tubtuba to Sitio Pananuman in Tubo, Abra, which is several kilometers away from the ambush site.

Garcia said the troops are also involved in the rehabilitation of Tubtuba Elementary School.

On Thursday, a similar rebel ambush occurred in Cervantes town in Ilocos Sur, leaving four soldiers injured. The soldiers were on their way to buy medicines to be used in an upcoming dental and medical mission on May 6 and 7.

The medical mission, Garcia said, had been rescheduled to another date.

"NPAs are known to ambush soldiers involved in medical missions and other humanitarian assistance projects and totally disregarding civilian safety," said Garcia. (VR/Sunnex)

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