Philippines: 3 soldiers wounded in Maguindanao blast


Three soldiers were wounded in a bomb explosion Thursday while clearing an area occupied by pro-Islamic State militants in the restive Philippine province of Maguindanao, officials said. Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Joint Task Force Central, said the blast occurred in the village of Salman in Ampatuan town. “Troops of the 57th Infantry Battalion were conducting combat clearing operations at the time of the explosion…

We deployed additional troops to cordon the area and establish the circumstances,” he added. The soldiers were rushed to a military hospital in Datu Odin Sinsuat town after medics provided first aid. Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan Jr., chief of the Western Mindanao Command, tagged terrorists as behind the blast. He said he ordered heightened military operations in the town. Just last week, a roadside bomb explosion also killed one Marine and wounded four others in the village of Lipongo in Datu Hoffer town.

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Source: The Manila Times