In a statement, Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr. reported that one marine was killed and four others were injured in an explosion in Maguindanao province Friday night.
According to the military, members of the Marine Battalion Landing Team-5 were on a military truck when an anti-personnel mine exploded, adding that identities of the victims have yet to be disclosed pending notification to their next of kin. The military said it believes the blast was a terrorist attack.
“This horrendous act perpetrated by the terrorists is simply unacceptable,” said Vinluan.
“We will exhaust every available resource to bring the perpetrators to justice,” he added.