Two soldiers were killed while four other people were injured as New People’s Army (NPA) members almost simultaneously attacked government troops in Albuera and Jaro, Leyte, Thursday night, the military said.
About 10 rebels fired upon the base of the 78th Infantry Battalion’s Alpha company in Brgy. Antipolo, Albuera, around 7:50 p.m., injuring civilian Edgar Borinaga, Army 802nd Brigade spokesman Capt. Dranreb Canto said.
Around 8 p.m., 10 other rebels shot at troops securing fellow members of the 19th Infantry Battalion in Brgy. Rubas, Jaro.
Two soldiers were killed while three other troopers were injured in the attack, Canto said, adding that members of the 19th IB were only conducting “peace and development activities” in Brgy. Rubas.
The military withheld the names of the slain and injured soldiers until their families are informed of the incident.
Borinaga, a resident of Brgy. Antipolo, was brought to the OSPA Hospital in Ormoc City for treatment.
The attacks came barely a week after members of the 78th IB were ambushed by NPA members in Sitio Calingatnan, Brgy. San Pedro, Albuera.
“This is another desperate act of the NPA to disrupt our efforts in bringing peace and development,” Col. Rafael Valencia, commander of the 802nd Brigade based in Ormoc City, said of Thursday’s attacks. (John Roson)
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