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Soldier runs amok, kills two in Philippines: army

A soldier believed to be mentally troubled opened fire on his colleagues in the southern Philippines, killing two and wounding five others, the military said on Saturday.

world Updated: Sep 05, 2009 11:04 IST

A soldier believed to be mentally troubled opened fire on his colleagues in the southern Philippines, killing two and wounding five others, the military said on Saturday.

Sergeant Policarpio dela Cruz attacked his companions as they were disembarking from a vehicle at an army camp in the southern town of Barira on Friday, the military said.

He was subdued and was himself wounded. Five people, including two officers, were wounded, while two others were killed, the military said.

Regional army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Ponce said a "thorough investigation of the incident" was being carried out.

"Initial investigations disclosed that Sergeant dela Cruz was observed to be mentally imbalanced," Ponce said.