1 soldier killed, 3 hurt in Zamboanga City attack

by Jewel Reyes, ABS-CBN News Zamboanga

Posted at Oct 25 2011 11:41 PM | Updated as of Oct 26 2011 07:41 AM

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines – A soldier was killed while 3 others were wounded when lawless elements fired on a seaborne patrol off the coast of Barangay Taluksangay, Zamboanga City Tuesday night.

Initial reports coming from Task Force Zamboanga said soldiers were on patrol when they encountered the lawless elements.

A brief firefight ensued between both camps that lasted for 15 minutes.

The soldier died while undergoing medical treatment, while 3 remain confined at the Camp Navarro General Hospital as of posting.

Task Force Zamboanga Commander Col. Buenaventura Pascual said the incident is a retaliatory attack against the task force’s members due to their arrest of a fugitive earlier this month.