MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – A policeman was killed and another wounded in an ambush by suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) in the southern Philippine province of Agusan del Norte, police said today.
Police officer Adones Dumaboc died in the hospital while being treated, and his fellow officer Sergio Salagoste Jr., is now recuperating, said Martin Gamba, Caraga region public information officer.
Initial investigation showed that while the two were riding in a motorcycle on their way to Amparo village, Butuan City, at around 9:45 a.m. on Monday, the suspected leftist rebels ambushed them using a landmine.
The victims were supposed to augment the Butuan City Public Safety Company personnel in securing the confiscated logs when they were attacked.
Gamba said the suspects fled after the incident and carted away two M16 rifles of the victims.
Pursuit operations are now ongoing, he said.
The NPA, the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines, has been waging a guerrilla campaign in the countryside for more than four decades. Some 4,700 NPA guerrilla fighters are scattered in more than 60 provinces throughout the country, according to estimates of the Philippine military.