3 injured in Davao landmine explosion

May 16, 2012 9:45 pm 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, May 16 -– Three people including two soldiers were wounded in a roadside bomb explosion in the hinterlands of Davao City, a military official disclosed Wednesday.

The military tagged New Peole’s Army rebels as the ones behind the roadside bombing.

Army’s 69th Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Inocencio Pasaporte disclosed the incident took place around 9 a.m. Wednesday at Sitio Maripon, Barangay Paradise Embac in Paquibato District, Davao City.

The injured soldiers were only identified as Sgt. Danga, and Cpl. Aquino while the wounded civilian was not immediately identified.

Pasaporte said the two wounded soldiers were among a squad of troops aboard a passenger vehicle on their way to their detachment in Barangay Paradise Embac when the vehicle tripped on an improvised bomb fashioned out as a landmine.

The explosion was followed by gunfire, according to Pasaporte.

He said the NPAs fled when the troops returned fire.

The troops have recovered another improvised bomb e in a clearing operation, he said.

He lambasted the NPAs who continuously use landmine citing it is a violation of the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for Human Rights and the International Humanitarian Law.

“These criminals impede peace and development programs in their bid to remain relevant by sowing fear to innocent civilians,” he added. (PNA) hbc/LAM/TPG/rsm

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