One soldier was killed and two others were injured in an ambush by New People’s Army (NPA) members in Albuera, Leyte, Friday afternoon, the military said Saturday.

Killed was Pfc. Richard Abines, of Paranas, Samar, Capt. Dranreb Canto, spokesman of the Army’s 802nd Infantry Brigade based in Ormoc City, said.

Two other soldiers, identified as Pfc. Jay Baysa, of Pinabacdao, Samar, and Pfc. Frederic Mar, of Jamindan, Capiz, suffered bullet wounds to the legs and are now being treated at the OSPA hospital in Ormoc, Canto said.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. while Abines and 15 other members of the 78th Infantry Battalion were passing through Sitio Calingatnan, Brgy. San Pedro, on a KM-450 truck.

About 10 rebels fired upon the military vehicle, Canto said.

The troops were on there way back to their headquarters after checking on “issues that were brought to their attention by residents,” he said.

Troops are now pursuing the attackers, Canto said.

The incident occurred barely a year after Leyte was declared as a “manageable conflict-affected” and “development-ready” province on Dec. 8, 2011, Canto said.

Military activities in the province have been focused on development projects since the declaration, he said. (John Roson)

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