MANILA - The 8th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army (PA) reported Friday that a roadside landmine exploded 700 meters from a populated area in Barangay Bugtosan, Las Navas, Northern Samar, killing three soldiers from the 34th Infantry Battalion and wounding six others.
The military said the landmine was planted by the New People's Army (NPA).
The Army said the blast occurred at 11:20 a.m. on Tuesday (June 10), while the 34IB was conducting security operations.
A 25-minute firefight ensued after the blast, during which the NPA rebels withdrew.
Government troops recovered from the scene five improvised explosive device (IED), five electrical blasting caps, 1,500 meters electrical wire, and two back packs.
AFP data as of 2013 pegs deaths by NPA-planted landmines at 113.
Last March 2, five civilians were critically wounded by a landmine blast in Davao del Sur. The NPA apologized for the incident.
On March 5, the 8ID seized a landmine factory in Paranas, Samar, recovering 44 pieces of improvised landmines, a machine for landmine production, and 20 pieces blasting caps with detonating cords, among others.
In December 2013, 163 landmines were reportedly seized from an NPA landmine factory in Barangay Kauswagan, Loreto, Agusan del Sur.