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2 Army troopers wounded in Compostela landmine blast

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 13:07:00 07/14/2008

MANILA, Philippines — Two Army soldiers were slightly wounded when a landmine, believed planted by communist guerillas, exploded in the southern province of Compostela Valley on Sunday, a regional military spokesman said.

The victims were identified as Private First Class Naser Usman, who was injured on both thighs, and Private Glenn Durias, who was hit on the right arm, said Major Armand Rico, public information officer of the Eastern Mindanao Command (Eastmincom).

The two were on patrol when they stepped on what Rico, in a text message, described as a “pressure release” type landmine in New Leyte village, Maco town, at around 11 a.m..

A “pressure release” landmine is detonated when stepped on. It explodes immediately after the pressure is lifted, the spokesman explained.

Rico said the New People’s Army’s landmines in the area violated the Anti-Personnel Landmines Convention of the United Nations, which bans the use of landmines that are not command-detonated.

Bomb disposal units were deployed to New Leyte village to defuse more landmines believed to be planted there, Rico said.

At 2 p.m. on the same day, troops from the same unit as the two wounded soldiers engaged an estimated 20 NPA fighters in Paloc village, Maragusan town. There were no casualties on the government side, but some rebels were reported wounded, Rico said.

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