Three soldiers killed, one wounded in ambush by suspected communist rebels

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 17) -- Three soldiers were killed while another was wounded following an ambush by suspected members of the New People’s Army in Legazpi City, Albay on Sunday morning, the Philippine Army said.

The victims were members of the 31st Infantry Battalion under the 9th Infantry Division.

“Government troops coordinated with PNP (Philippine National Police) for the entry of heavy equipment of Sunwest Corp. which will conduct road opening in Barangay Villahermosa to Barangay Bariis, Legazpi City but were ambushed by CTG (communist terrorist members),” read the report.

According to 9th Infantry Division spokesperson Capt. John Paul Belleza, there were “more or less” ten suspects involved in the ambush.

Belleza said they are currently conducting an investigation into the incident.