MANILA -- A member of the Philippine Army (PA)'s 55th Engineering Brigade was killed while two others were wounded after being fired upon by still unidentified lawless elements in Ungkaya, Pukan, Basilan Monday afternoon.
Major Harold Cabunoc, PA spokesperson, said the incident took place around 3 p.m.
He added that the victims, who are still unidentified pending notification of their next-of-kin, were headed for their headquarters when ambushed by still unknown perpetrators.
The three just came from Tipo-Tipo town when fired upon.
One soldier died instantly while two others were injured as a result of the shooting incident.
The two wounded soldiers were promptly evacuated to Brgy. Magcawa in Al Barka town while waiting for air medical evacuation transport.
Cabunoc said local police are now conducting an investigation to identify the perpetrators and determine the motive of the attack.
The 55th Engineering Brigade was deployed in Ungkaya, Pukan town to help construct school buildings and implement the Basilan circumferential road project.
Cabunoc added that Col. Carlito Galvez, Jr., 104th Brigade commander has sent soldiers of the 4th Scout Ranger Battalion to pursue the perpetrators of the crime. (PNA)