Saturday, October 22, 2011

3 wounded in Basilan blast

Philippine army soldiers patrol Basilan province. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)

BASILAN (Mindanao Examiner / Oct. 22, 2011) – A landmine explosion on Saturday wounded a government soldier and two army militias in the restive province of Basilan in the southern Philippines, officials said.

Officials said the blast occurred in the town of Maluso and wounded the trio who was of a patrol that clashed with about 30 gunmen in the village of Canas.

"Troops clashed with around 30 armed men and was hit by landmine," Army Lieutenant Colonel Randolph Cabangbang, a spokesman for the Western Mindanao Command, told the Mindanao Examiner.

The wounded were brought to a military hospital in Zamboanga City.

No individual or group claimed responsibility for the attack, but it coincided with ongoing military operation on Moro Islamic Liberation front rebels blamed for the killings of 19 soldiers in fierce gun battle in the town of Al-Barka, a rebel stronghold, on Tuesday.

The fighting broke out after army commanders ordered a group of Special Forces soldiers to arrest an MILF leader, Dan Asnawi, accused as behind the spate of kidnappings for ransom and killings in Basilan.

Rebels and soldiers accused each other of violating a cease-fire agreement. (Mindanao Examiner)

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