Tuesday, September 08, 2009

Civilian injured in Davao City landmine blast

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / September 8, 2009) – A civilian was injured after a roadside bomb intended for government soldiers exploded Tuesday in Davao City in the southern Philippines, officials told the Mindanao Examiner.

Officials said the explosive was planted by communist rebel group New People’s Army in the village of Suawan in Marilog District.

No soldiers were wounded or killed in the attack, but their jeep was hit by shrapnel. A motorcycle driver, Ronald Sayan, who overtook the jeep was hit, said Captain Rosa Maria Cristina Manuel, a spokeswoman for the Army’s 10th Infantry Division.

She said the soldiers were on their way to a meeting with village officials when the NPA under rebel leader Leoncio Pitao detonated the explosive.

“The driver of a civilian motorcycle who overtook the troops was the one injured by the IED blast. No one was injured on the troops, but the KM450 vehicle was hit by shrapnel,” she said.

Manuel said the injured civilian was rushed by soldiers to hospital. (Mindanao Examiner)

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