Two soldiers injured in Basilan landmine blast PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 November 2011 16:44

Two soldiers were critically injured when an improvised bomb went off Monday morning in the hinterlands of Basilan, a military official said Monday.

Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) spokesman Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang said the explosion took place about 8 a.m. Monday in Barangay Baiwas, Sumisip, Basilan.

Cabangbang said while operating troops were on the way to Barangay Baiwas, they accidentally stepped on an improvised explosive device (IED) fashioned out as landmine.

Cabangbang did not identify the two critically wounded soldiers except in saying they belonged to the 4th Special Forces Battalion based in Sumisip municipality, Basilan.

Two Huey helicopters were sent to Sumisip from this city and airlifted the two wounded soldiers to a military hospital here, Cabangbang said.

No group has claimed responsibility over the incident but authorities were eyeing the involvement of the al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf bandits.

It was in Barangay Baiwas where government forces overran in March of 2010 a bomb-making and training camp, known as Camp Hill 850, of the Abu Sayyaf bandits.