5 soldiers wounded in Surigao Sur clash

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FIVE soldiers were wounded as government troops clashed with a group of New People’s Army (NPA) rebels on Wednesday in a Surigao del Sur village, police reports said on Thursday.

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Reports at the Philippine National Police operations center in Camp Crame identified the wounded soldiers as Cpl. Saham Baginda; Pfc’s Wilmer Martinez, Louie Baldivino, Renan Villarino and a certain Tagbe—all are members of the Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion.

The reports said the clash occurred at around 9:30 a.m. in the vicinity of Barangay Siagao, San Miguel town in Surigao del Sur.

The soldiers were reportedly on combat patrol in the area when they hit a landmine and took fire from concealed rebels triggering a gun battle, the reports said.

Reports said the firefight lasted for about ten minutes before the rebels withdrew in different directions while the five wounded soldiers were rushed to a hospital to be treated for gunshot and shrapnel wounds.

Meanwhile, elements of the San Miguel Police station have set-up checkpoint operations and checking hospitals and clinics for possible admittance of patients with gunshot wounds, the reports said.

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