The Ecuadorean government has released the names of the three members of the army who were killed today by an explosive "apparatus" that detonated as nearby military members were monitoring the border with Colombia under army orders.
Those killed were Sargento Xavier Pérez Estupiñan, and first corporals, Wilmer Alvarez Pimentel and Luis Alejandro Erazo Granizo. The seven injured in the blast are: Miguel Leon Chavez, Franklin Sisa Castro, Marinero John Arreaga, Carlos Salazar Quiñonez, Victor Mosquera Villalba, Jimmy Muhr Quintero, Jose Borbor Albay and Marcos Castro Apolinario.
The soldiers were monitoring the area of Mataje in the Ecuadorean province of Esmeraldas approximately three kilometers from the border with Colombia for unusual developments after a bomb went off at a military base in Borbón, also in Esmeraldas, last Friday.
"The result (of the explosion) unfortunately left three dead and seven army members injured. ... The military sends its sympathies to the families of the deceased," the Ecuadorean government said in a communique.
Today’s incident follows the bombing of a military base in the region last Friday that left two army members injured and damaged the Borbon headquarters. Local media says there was also direct combat between Ecuadorean military and "remaining armed groups that operate from Colombia."
Just yesterday Ecuadorean officials announced they would be placing more military and approximately 140 national police members along border checkpoints and highways in the coming days.