Masbate police officer escapes ambush

BATUAN, MASBATEThe administrative officer of Batuan Masbate Police Station escaped an ambush staged by alleged members of the New People's Army.

Batuan, Masbate
The victim was identified as Alfred Yuson y Losano, 44 years old.

Yuson reportedly was heading home when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off a few meters from the motorcycle that he was riding. At least ten armed rebels also shot at him.

Yuson, however, was able to take cover, and later returned fire, which caused the rebels to withdraw.

Police found at the crime scen a 100-meter black detonating cord, empty shells from an M16 assault rifle, and a large hole which was created by the explosion.

Meanwhile, Yuson explained that the rebels had long been hunting for his head, believing that he is a government informer. The administrative office, however, denied the allegation.—BICOLSTANDARD.COM

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