Reds ambush soldiers in Negros; 4 wounded

first_imgAfter the blast, they engaged aboutfive communist terrorist rebels in a 10-minute firefight after which the latterwithdrew towards Barangay Banog-banog, Isabela. In Guihulngan, barangays Luz andLinantuyan have already declared the Communist Party of the Philippines-NewPeople’s Army (CPP-NPA) as persona non-grata. Lieutenant Colonel Egberto Dacoscos,commanding officer of 62nd Infantry Battalion, said the attack was a desperateattempt of the NPA’s Leonardo Panaligan Command to get the support of themasses. A report from the Philippine Armyidentified one of the injured as 2nd Lieutenant Niel Christian Cureg, who ledthe troops of the 94th Infantry Battalion (94IB). They were onboard a militarytruck along the road in Barangay Luz, Guihulngan when the rebels set off animprovised explosive device (IED). Cureg and his three men, SergeantsRonald Sabay and Gelmart Alegroso and Private 1st class Joven Ticzon are now instable condition after they were brought to a nearby hospital. “Their continuous use of IEDs clearlyviolates the Ottawa Treaty and the Comprehensive Agreement on Respect for HumanRights and International Humanitarian Law,” he added. During the clearing operation inBarangay Luz, government troops recovered 23 rounds of 7.62mm ball attached toM60mm link, 67 rounds of empty 5.56mm ball, 150 meters of electric wire, sixdry-cell batteries, three Molotov cocktails, and a backpack. BACOLOD City – Four soldiers werewounded in an ambush staged by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA)in the hinterland boundaries of Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental and Isabelatown in Negros Occidental. The ambush came four days after twomembers of the NPA hit squad were killed in a clash with 62IB troops BarangayBinobohan, Guihulngan. (With a PNA/PN)last_img

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