THREE people, including a marine soldier, died while eight others were wounded in a clash with the New People’s Army (NPA) Monday, March 20, in Sultan Kudarat.
Western Mindanao Command Chief Carlito Galvez Jr. said the firefight took place around 10 a.m. Monday in the village of Hinalaan, Kalamansig town.
Galvez said the Marine Battalion Landing Team-2 troops were conducting focused military operations when they clashed with around 50 NPA rebels led by Tirzo Sakudal alias Commander Macmac.
The firefight, Galvez said, lasted for 20 minutes after which the NPA rebels fled, dragging their casualties as the Marine troops delivered fire mission and reinforced the engaged troops.
A soldier died while eight others were wounded and immediately extricated by the responding team for prompt medical attention.
The troops received intelligence report that two of Sakudal’s followers were killed in the firefight.
“It is with grief that we report to you the death of one of our soldiers during the firefight. We will make sure that his remains be accorded with the highest honor and his family be given the most assistance that the government can provide,” Galvez said.
The identities of the slain and wounded soldiers were withheld pending notification of their next of kin.