MANILA, 21March2016 — Five soldiers and two civilians were hurt in two separate attacks using improvised explosive devices (IED) by the New People’s Army (NPA) in Camarines Norte and Sorsogon over the weekend.
The first incident took place in Camarines Norte Sunday morning, said Southern Luzon Command (SOLCOM) spokesperson Lt. Col. Angelo Guzman.
The IED attack transpired at 8:30 a.m. and victimized four soldiers and two military dependents aboard a KM-450 military truck, which was mined, while passing along Mahawan-hawan Road on its way to buy food at the Labo Public Market.
The wounded soldiers were identified as Cpl. Reynaldo V. Rivera, Pfc. Ricky R. Obina, Pfc. Rodelio D. Urbano Jr and Pfc Carlon Z. Duriza.
While the names of the two military dependents were not disclosed for security reasons.
In the second incident which took place in Sorsogon, 2nd Lt. Jonathan O. Baay of the 31st Infantry Battalion was hit by fragments from an IED blast during a five-minute encounter with 10 NPA rebels during combat operations in Barangays Union and Sangat of Gubat town around 10:15 a.m. Saturday.
Field units are conducting pursuit operations in connection to the two incidents.
SOLCOM denounces the NPAs use of IEDs as the fragments from its blast are propelled over a wide area posing an unpredictable threat and great risks to innocent civilians. (PNA)