TWO soldiers were wounded when they repelled around 50 New People's Army (NPA) communist insurgent attackers in the hinterlands of Compostela Valley province, military officials said Thursday.

A 23-year-old civilian was also wounded when shot by the rebels as they failed in their attempt to take control of a temporary patrol base of the Army's 66th Infantry Battalion, the same official said.

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Colonel Roberto Ancan, commander of the Army's 66th Infantry Battalion, said the attack took place around 9:15 p.m. Wednesday in the village of Cambagang, Maragusan town, Compostela Valley province.

Ancan identified the wounded soldiers as Sgt. Reglyn Locario and PFC Jimmy Galiza, both from the Army's 66th Infantry Battalion.

The wounded civilian was identified as Nanetes Niengo, who rushed to the hospital by soldiers and officials of Cambagang village.

Ancan said the troops were manning a temporary patrol base when attacked by the NPAs aboard on two stolen trucks.

Ancan said the soldiers put up a fight and repelled the NPA attackers following a 30-minute firefight.

He said one of the two trucks used by the NPAs was recovered by the troops several kilometers away from the temporary patrol base.

He said the several members of the group of attackers were wounded to possibly include one of the group's leaders.

"One of their leaders might be one of the casualties as one Icom radio was left behind by them. Radios are normally used by their leaders," Ancan said. (Bong Garcia)