Thursday, September 10, 2009

North Cotabato ambush kills army soldier

KIDAPAWAN CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / September 10, 2009) – Gunmen ambushed and killed a government soldier on Thursday in the southern Philippines where security forces are battling communist and Muslim insurgents.

Police said the soldier, who was with a government militia, was visiting his farm in the village of Inas in North Cotabato town of Mlang when gunmen ambushed him. The militia was able to escape the ambush.

Police identified the soldier as Sergeant Tatu Sugang, a member of the Army’s 38th Infantry Battalion. His M16 rifle was also taken by the attackers.

The attack on the soldier came a day after security forces arrested five men implicated in the spate of bombings in Mindanao. The five were arrested in the town of Tantangan in South Cotabato province.

Police said the men are members of the Al-Khobar Gang, a criminal group tagged by authorities as behind the series of extortion activities and kidnappings-for-ransom in Mindanao. (With a report from Geo Solmerano)

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