Eight-year old girl, two civilians killed in NPA ambush in Surigao del Sur

An eight-year old girl and two other civilians aboard a logging truck were killed after some 50 heavily armed communist-New People’s Army (NPA) rebels ambushed them along Km. 9, Barangay Pakwan, Lanuza, Surigao del Sur Friday morning.

The regional police headquarters and advance command post of the Army’s Fourth Infantry (Diamond) Division here said the victims were on board a logging truck of Surigao Development Corp. (SUDECOR) when waylaid at 6:45 a.m. today.

The ambush also resulted in the wounding critically of another civilian.

Combat troops of the 401st Infantry (Unite n’ Fight) Brigade and the Surigao del Sur provincial police mobile force had launched a hot pursuit operation against the ambushers, who were members of the CPP-NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee (NEMRC).

Killed on the spot were Junnie Montinegro, 32; Paterno Iting, 30 and an 8-year old girl Christine Salahay.

The wounded was identified as Gaudencio Ablog.

All the victims were reportedly dependents of SUDECOR.

Initial report said the logging truck of SUDECOR was on its way to their logging area when the rebels waylaid them in a curve and hilly portion of the road.

After the ambush, the rebels immediately fled to nearby mountains.

Brig. Gen. Mario F. Chan, commanding general of the 4th ID and Chief Supt. Lino D. Calingasan, regional director of Police Regional Office 13 deployed their respective combat units for a wide pursuit operations against the rebels in Lanuza.

“We condemned this kind of acts because the victims were all civilians,” said Gen. Chan, adding “we will pursue them to answer this inhuman behaviour,” added Gen. Chan.

As of press time, massive pursuit operation is still going on. (PNA)

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