FOUR soldiers were wounded when New People’s Army (NPA) rebels set off an improvised bomb at the height of a firefight in the hinterlands of Agusan del Sur, the military reported Saturday.
Lieutenant Colonel Eduardo Gubat, Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom) spokesman, said the explosion occurred around 2:35 p.m. Thursday in the village of Binucayan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur.
Gubat did not identify the wounded soldiers but said they belong to the Army’s 26th Infantry Battalion and were taken to a hospital in Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur.
Gubat said the troops were sent to patrol the area following the reported presence of NPA rebels, but the clash ensued when the rebels set off an improvised bomb fashioned out as landmine, wounding the four soldiers.
The rebels then fled carrying some of their wounded companions, based on information gathered from civilians near the clash site.
Gubat said the troops recovered from the clash site three unexploded improvised bombs, 310 meters electrical wires, five liters of gasoline, four backpacks, raincoat, tent, subscriber identification module (SIM) cards, and a medical kit.