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Army man killed

An Army intelligence operative was stabbed dead by two unidentified suspects in Brgy. Malatas, Calatrava, Negros Occidental, yesterday, police and military reports said.

Private First Class Ryan Gudian, of the 62nd Infantry Battalion, succumbed to multiple stab wounds inflicted by two unidentified men, who used a butcher’s knife, investigations by the Calatrava police showed.

Senior Inspector Ramil Sarona, Calatrava police chief, yesterday said Gudian, 28, was among those securing the barangay fiesta, when he was attacked in a darkened portion of the area.

Capt. Leo Christopher Cunanan, 303rd Infantry Brigade Civil Military Operations officer, said Gudian sustained five stab wounds in his chest, abdomen and left shoulder. The incident took place in front of the house of a certain Norberto Lumanog.

The suspects did not take the firearm of the slain soldier, Sarona said.

He, however, said they are still establishing the motive for the killing of Gudian.

Col. Oscar Lactao, 303rd Infantry Brigade commander, said their initial investigations showed that the stabbing incident was not related to their anti-insurgency campaign, but more to personal grudges.

Lactao advised soldiers to always adopt the “buddy-buddy system” to prevent a similar incident.* GPB

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