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1 soldier killed, 5 wounded in Lanao Sur clash

by Apipa P. Bagumbaran

Islamic City of Marawi (15 July) -- One soldier from the 51st Infantry Battalion of the 1st Infantry Brigade, Philippine Army, was killed while five (5) others were slightly wounded in an encounter Tuesday, morning, at brgy. Gata, Poona Bayabao town here in Lanao del Sur.

The troops were on board a military vehicle to pick-up and escort the owner of ROGENOX Construction at Iligan City who will conduct an ocular inspection on its Lake Lanao Circumferential Road project in Lumbatan town, this province.

The wounded include Cpl. Rey O. Catubig, Pfc. Mohammad P. Asnawi, Pfc. Junard S. Bantillo, Pfc. Bryan B. Santander, and Pfc. Roy B. Piquiro while Pfc. Nelvin C. Balvestamin was declared dead on arrival at Amai Pakpak Medical Center, this city.

According to a military report, the confrontation could be a diversionary tactics of a certain lawless group to distract the military from its on-going search and rescue operations for Nuraldin Yusoph, son of COMELEC Commissioner Elias Yusoph.

The report further disclosed that those responsible for the attack were identified as the Delta Force under Dimaporo Maniri Dimasacal alias Delta.

Delta Force was also the suspected kidnappers of Nuraldin.

Brig. Gen. Rey C. Ardo, Commanding Officer of the 103rd Infantry Brigade condemned the incident. Such crooked act, he said, cannot be tolerated.

"We condemn this lawlessness bred from selfish motives. Our soldiers are providing security to this development project which the residents and future generations of this province will benefit from," Ardo said. (PIA-Marawi) [top]

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