Two soldiers from the 17th Infantry Battalion were killed and three others wounded after an undetermined number of New People's Army (NPA) rebels staged an ambush in Sitio Tumiangan, Barangay Dupag, Tabuk City, Kalinga Friday afternoon.
1st Lt. Rowena Abayon, 5th Infantry Division spokesperson, said the incident took place around 1:40 p.m. as the soldiers were responding to reports that the rebels were extorting and harassing residents of the said barangay.
At this point, the NPAs fired on the soldiers, killing two and wounding three others before retreating to the mountainous area.
The slain soldiers were identified as Cpl. Dominador A. Concordia and Pfc. Rey B. Raagas.
The wounded and now undergoing treatment in a hospital in the city were identified as 2nd Lt. Czar N. Carsido, Pfc. Marnel Langnga and Pfc. Kennedy D. Sallaya.