Boar hunter killed, 2 soldiers wounded in landmine blasts PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 12:49

A wild boar hunter was killed while two army soldiers were wounded in separate landmine explosions set by a moro rebel commander in Barangay Usukan, Labason, Zamboanga del Norte, last Saturday.

Killed was Rey Sumalpong Collomat, 43. He succumbed to multiple shrapnel wounds in the different parts of the  body.

Wounded were 2nd Lt. Mark Joseph Falcatan, 22, and PFC Boy Sarab, 35,. Both sustained multiple shrapnel wounds in the body.

Police said the first incident occurred around 4p.m. while Collomat was hunting wild boar at Sitio Tayagan, where he accidentally stepped on a landmine planted by one Commander Sapie of an MILF lost command group.

The explosion took place some meters away from the rebel’s house. Collomat was dead on the spot.

The incident was reported by residents to the Army’s 44th Infantry Battalion prompting soldiers led by Lt. Falcatan to proceed to the area.

However, while conducting a clearing operation Falcatan accidentally stepped on another landmine which  exploded and wounded him and Sarab.

The wounded soldiers were immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment while additional troops from the Zamboanga del Norte Police Provincial Office and Explosive Ordnance Division were dispatched to the place to conduct clearing operation.

Police also conducted manhunt operation against  Saphie who managed to elude arrest. --Noning R. Antonio