Saturday, April 10, 2010

Soldier killed in NPA ambush in Mindanao

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / April 10, 2010) – Communist rebels killed a government soldier in an ambush Saturday in the southern Philippines, officials said.

Officials said Sergeant Marlon Salva, a member of the Philippine Army’s 72nd Infantry Battalion, was on his to meet with village leaders when rebels ambushed him in Camantangan village in Compostela Valley’s Montevista town.

Major General Carlos Holganza, commander of the 10th Infantry Division, condemned the killing, saying, the soldier was unarmed when New People’s Army rebels attacked him.

“It is with deep sympathy that we condole with the family of Sergeant Salva. The repeated murders being perpetrated by this terrorist group show their heartlessness and utter disregard to human life,” Holganza said.

Holganza branded the killing as “horrible and brutal,” saying the soldier died from multiple gunshot wounds. He said six rebels opened fire at the soldier who was on his motorcycle. “He was defenseless, he had no chance.” he said.

The motive of the attack was unknown, but the NPA which is fighting for decades for the establishment of a Maoist state in the country, had been blamed for past killings of soldiers and policemen in the restive region. (Mindanao Examiner)

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