Tuesday, December 2, 2014

4ID condemns NPA’s attack on ambulance in AgSur

From the Philippine Information Agency (Dec 2): 4ID condemns NPA’s attack on ambulance in AgSur

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The 4th Infantry Division, Philippine Army (4ID, PA) condemns the New People’s Army’s (NPAs) attack on ambulance that killed four civilians and wounding of seven others on board at Sitio Latay, Barangay Marfil, Rosario, Agusan del Sur at around 5:30p.m. on November 30, 2014.

The victims who just came from a thanksgiving mass in Wayside Baptist Church and were on their way back to their residences on board an ambulance from the municipality of Rosario were ambushed by more or less 20 NPAs believed to be members of Guerilla Front 14 of North Eastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).

Among the 14 on board the ambulance (6 civilian adults and 8 children), four civilians were killed and seven were wounded (6 adults and 1 child).

75th Infantry Battalion commanding officer Ltc Noman Alcovindas immediately coordinated with the PNP in the area and ordered his troop to rescue the victims while other troop conducted pursuit operation on the said NPAs.

4ID commander MGen Oscar T Lactao said that "this is clear evidence that NPAs are more than just criminals but a terrorist group. I strongly condemn this terroristic attack of the NPAs that killed civilians and wounding others on board an ambulance. These people came from a thanksgiving mass and were probably praying for peace in their community but these NPAs attacked them.”

“I urge the PNP, the Commission on Human Rights, and the church to investigate on this terroristic attack. These NPAs must be put behind bars. We cannot just let them roam around and threaten the peace-loving people of Mindanao,” MGen Lactao added. (4ID, Phil. Army/PIA-Caraga)


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