Three Filipino soldiers die in landmine explosion

Manila: Three soldiers were killed in a landmine explosion in the southern Philippines, military said. Authorities blamed communist rebels for the blast.

The three soldiers were killed when they were going out of the camp of the 69th Infantry Battalion in Guinabatan Village, Paquibato District in Davao City at 8.30am yesterday, Major Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, commander of the 10th Civil Military Operations, said in a statement that reached Manila’s military headquarters.

The identities of the slain were not released, but their families were already informed about the tragedy, said Obligado.

Their fellow soldiers were to conduct a community programme in the south, said Obligado. Members of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the 45-year old Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP), planted the landmines, Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon Paniza, spokesman of the regional military office, said in the same report.

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