AROUND 50 suspected members of the New People's Army (NPA) attacked an Army detachment in Barangay Bug-ang, Toboso Saturday killing an Army commander, wounding two members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (Cafgu), and carting away undetermined number of weapons.
Isabelo delos Reyes, spokesman of the 303rd Brigade of the Philippine Army, identified the casualty as Staff Sergeant Efraim Bagonoc, commander of the Polopangyan detachment in Barangay Bug-ang.
The Polopangyan detachment is under the operational command of the 62nd Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army.
The wounded Cafgus were identified as Jaynar Villanueva and Arnel Solitario, both from Toboso, Negros Occidental. Solitario sustained a gunshot wound in his armpit while Villanueva sustained wounds in the right side of his body and legs.
Delos Reyes said military pursuit operations are still ongoing as of this posting Monday as they are also trying to determine any casualty in the side of the NPA.
Military reports said that the suspects pretended to be government forces by wearing uniforms of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
The rebels abducted Staff Sergeant Bagonoc who was outside the detachment. They used a red van to penetrate the detachment and launched the attack. The red van was reportedly backed-up by another group of suspected NPA fighters on board a 6X6 truck.
A firefight ensued between the rebels and the armed forces, which resulted to the wounding of two Cafgu members.
Jonas Sumagaysay, commanding officer of the 303rd Brigade of the Philippine Army, said they are still conducting an inventory on the actual number of weapons that were carted away.
He also said combined forces of some units of the suspected NPA forces in the province might have conducted the attack. The insurgents immediately left the detachment on board the van and the truck. (Teresa Ellera-Dulla)