Soldier hurt, female partner slain in attack

A SOLDIER was wounded while his female partner died after communist rebels attacked the detachment of 73rd Infantry Battalion in Jose Abad Santos, Davao del Sur at 4 a.m. on Monday.

The soldier was identified as M/Sgt. Ruel Mahilum and his live-in-partner, who was not named in the report.

Col. Rony Villanueva, commander of 1002nd Infantry Brigade, said in an interview yesterday that the rebels attacked the detachment to divert the attention of soldiers of 73rd IB who already cornered them in Alabel and Malapatan during pursuit operations.

Meanwhile, troops were able to recover M16 and Carbine rifles with magazines when they encounter at least five NPAs in Sitio Papag, Barangay Manuel Guianga, Tugbok District on Sunday morning.

Lt. Alexandre Cabales, acting public affairs officer of 10th Infantry Division, said the five rebels were part of a larger group encountered by troops two days ago. They were forced to leave their firearms as the soldiers chased them.

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