Posted by Marguerite Cawley on Jun 13, 2011 Leave a comment

2 soldiers dead, 1 injured in Tolima mine field explosion

Colombia News - Mine Military

Two Colombian soldiers died and another was badly injured after stumbling across a mine field in the country’s central-western Tolima department early Monday morning, Caracol TV reported.

The soldiers, belonging to the army’s Patriotas Batallion, were carrying out an inspection patrol operation in the area, between the municipalities of Cajamarca and nearby Ibague, when a mine field exploded, killing two, and gravely injuring one.

The injured soldier was transferred to a medical center in Ibague, but the department’s army commander informed Caracol that he had lost his legs in the accident.

The bodies of the two dead soldiers will be transferred to northern Tolima, where they were from.