Basilan explosion kills soldier
MANILA, Philippines – An explosion in Ungkaya Pukan, Basilan allegedly by the Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) on Sunday morning, August 2, killed a soldier, according to police reports.
The soldier was a member of the 64th Infantry Division "conducting route security for the security convoy of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman and Congressman Jim Hataman-Salliman," said the initial report.
The explosion is "believed to be perpetrated by the ASG," the report read further.
The improvised explosive device left the soldier severely wounded. He was declared dead on arrival in a Lamitan city hospital, said a susbsequent report. Wounded personnel were taken to the same hospital.
The area was cleared and cordoned after the incident at around 10:30 am.
Ungkaya Pukan police are still investigating the incident as of posting. – Rappler.com