By Marie Tonette Marticio
TACLOBAN City – Nine soldiers were wounded in an encounter with suspected Communist New People’s Army (NPA) terrorists in a remote area of Barangay Bay-ang, San Jorge, Samar on Saturday (January 12).
In a report from Lt. Col. Rizaldo Laurena, Commanding Officer of the 63rd Infantry (Innovator) Battalion, based in San Jorge, Samar, he said his troops were on their way to Barangay Bay-ang of said town at around 6:50 a.m. when they chanced upon a group of fully-armed men in the area.
This triggered a brief firefight, which was also marked by the detonation of an improvised explosive device (IED).
When the smoke cleared from the battle, nine soldiers were found to have been wounded, mostly from shrapnel wounds sustained from the IED attack.
Laurena said there was also an undetermined number of casualties on the side of the enemy.
The wounded troops were immediately brought to the nearest hospital for treatment.