Lanao Sur town cop chief survives NPA ambush, baby killed

3 cops abducted by NPAs

Breaking News • Fri Nov 10, 2017 08:46 AM  •  271   0
By Edwin O. Fernandez/John Unson
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The windshield of Toyota Fortuner where the Lanao Sur town police chief was ambushed. ( Photo courtesy of M. Montes)
The windshield of Toyota Fortuner where the Lanao Sur town police chief was ambushed. ( Photo courtesy of M. Montes)
CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao  – Suspected members of New Peoples’ Army (NPA) ambushed Thursday afternoon the police chief of a town in Lanao del Sur in Bukidnon, leaving a child dead, a police injured and three other cops abducted by the suspects.

Chief Inspector Jemar delos Santos, spokesperson of police in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), said Police Inspector Joven Acuesta, chief of Amai Manabilang town, was on board a Toyota Fortuner (UNI-707) with female companions and a baby traveling from Cagayan de Oro City to Wao, Lanao del Sur.

While in Kilometer 23, Barangay Tikalaan, Talakag, Bukidnon, the Fortuner was ambushed at about 5:30 p.m. Talakag is about 4 hours travel from here.

Delos Santos said a 4-month old baby girl was killed while Inspector Acuesta and two unidentified female companions were wounded.

Delos Santos said the Fortuner where Acuesta was on board was tailing a police car of Amai Manabilang police office when the ambush occurred.

Acuesta and the other victims were rushed by civilians to Kalilangan provincial hospital and later transferred to Malaybalay City hospital.

Three other police officers on board the patrol car were taken hostage by the gunmen.

Delos Santos could not say if the baby and the female passengers were Acuesta’s relatives. Delos Santos said pursuit operations are still going on. 

Photos below show the victims' vehicle courtesy of M. Montes.

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