NPA burns truck, kills civilian

ONE civilian was killed while a Cafgu Active Auxiliary (CAA) was wounded after suspected members of the New People's Army-Southern Mindanao Regional Committee (NPA-SMRC) went on a rampage in Barangay Kauswagan, Loreto town in Agusan del Sur last August 15, Saturday.

In a statement furnished by the 10th Infantry Division to Sun.Star Davao Monday afternoon, NPA rebels also torched a 10-wheeler truck.

The civilian, who was flagged down by the NPA rebels, was identified Roel Sarona, a resident of Barangay Bugdangan, Loreto.

Arona was on his way home on board his motorcycle when flagged down and shot by the rebels. However, his gunshot wound wasn’t fatal. He died from stab wounds instead when attacked by the rebels led by one alias Ronnie.

The wounded Cafgu member was identified as Martin Arroyo was in civilian clothes when killed.

The Cafgu member, who sustained two gunshot wounds, was brought to the Laak Provincial Hospital for treatment.

At around 9:20 a.m., the same group of NPA rebels torched at 10-wheeler truck owned by Simplicio Samar using improvised explosive device (IED).

After the successive incidents, the NPA rebels fled towards the direction of Barangay Ampunan, Laak town in Compostella Valley Province.

Soldiers belonging to the 26th Infantry Battalion (IB) of the 4th Infantry Division (ID) under Lieutenant Colonel Rolando Dumawa are already conducting pursuit operations in the area.

"The NPA rebels want to regain Loreto as their guerilla base, and we will not allow it," Dumawa said.

Army said the attack committed by the NPA rebels was a gross violation of the International Humanitarian Law (IHL).
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