ZAMBOANGA CITY: Troops were deployed to pursue a group of gunmen behind the ambush early Saturday that killed a soldier and injured three others in Marawi City.
Maj. Filemon Tan, Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) spokesman, disclosed that the ambush took place at about 3:30 a.m., in Barangay Buadi Sacayo.
Tan said soldiers of the Bravo Company and Scout Platoon of the Army’s 65th Infantry Battalion (IB) and 51st Mechanized Company were traveling to the headquarters of the 103rdIB when ambushed by at least 10 gunmen.
He said the gunmen set off an improvised bomb and open fire while the soldiers, who were aboard a truck and armored personnel carriers, were passing the place.
The troops returned fire, triggering a 20-minute firefight, after which the ambushers fled in different directions.
Tan did not release the identities of both the slain and wounded soldiers, adding that the troops were tracking down the ambushers.