2 foreigners, 2 Pinoys hurt in suspected NPA attack in Negros Occidental

Barbara Mijares, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 03 2017 11:59 PM

Suspected members of the New People’s Army fired at a police patrol car in Negros Occidental, Tuesday. Barbara Mijares, ABS-CBN News

Two foreigners, their driver, and a tricycle driver were wounded when suspected members of the New People’s Army (NPA) ambushed a police patrol vehicle in Negros Occidental on Tuesday.

The policemen were on their way to Sipalay City to serve a warrant of arrest when they were attacked by around 30 members of the NPA. 

Chief Insp. Gary Resuma, Cauayan police chief, said the foreigners' vehicle was near the patrol car when the rebels fired at the cops.

The police identified the victims as Swedish citizens Juliana Palmero and Karl Christer Arvidsson. They sustained minor injuries. 

Their driver was identified as Jason Tumayao of Bacolod City who sustained multiple injuries. As of this posting, the tricycle driver has not been identified.

The victims have been brought to a hospital in Bacolod for treatment. 

Resuma said there were no injuries on the part of the police. 

Provincial Police Director Senior Supt. Rodolfo Castil Jr. said they received reports that the rebel side sustained three injuries.

Security checkpoints have been placed in neighboring towns and cities following the incident.