2 soldiers wounded in bomb explosion in Compostela Valley

DAVAO CITY, Philippines (Xinhua) — Two government soldiers were wounded in an improvised bomb explosion in southern Philippines early Wednesday, police and military officials said.

Soldiers of the army’s 60th Infantry Battalion were conducting combat patrol at the hinterland village of Kidawa, Laak town, in Mindanao’s Compostela Valley province around 4 a.m. when the explosion happened, said Superintendent Jose Carumba, spokesperson of southern Mindanao police.

“They sustained shrapnel wounds and were evacuated immediately to the nearest hospital for treatment,” Carumba told Xinhua by phone, adding a pursuit operation was being conducted against an undetermined number of leftist New People’s Army guerrillas who planted the landmine.

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