DAVAO CITY, Philippines – At least 7 Army soldiers were injured in a landmine explosion caused by communist rebels in Pantukan, Compostela Valley on Tuesday morning, September 3, the military said.
The soldiers were on patrol in Sitio Lantaan, Barangay Napnapan when members of the New People’s Army (NPA) detonated an explosive device.
Lt Gen Ricardo Rainier Cruz III, chief of the Eastern Mindanao Command, said in a press statement that two combat helicopters were immediately dispatched to evacuate the wounded soldiers. They were brought to the Camp Panacan Station Hospital in Davao City.
Cruz ordered his troops to inspect the area and stay on alert for more explosions.
The military condemned the use of explosives by the NPA, saying it violates provisions of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law (CARHRIHL).
The NPA however said the guerrillas use command-detonated explosives, which they said are not banned by any international or local protocol on war.
Compostela Valley, which hosts various mining sites, is one of the remaining bailiwicks of the NPA. – Rappler.com