Military says Abus fire at ambulance in Basilan clash PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 16 April 2014 11:37

The military’s Western Mindanao Command quoted troops on the ground as saying that the Abu Sayyaf deliberately targeted the responding military field ambulance during the encounter between government forces and Abu Sayyaf gunmen in Tipo-Tipo, Basilan on April 11.

Sgt Rolando C Noble from the Army’s 18 Infantry Battalion, the ambulance driver, was wounded after he was hit by shrapnels.

Sgt Noble’s team was supposed to provide medical assistance and retrieve wounded personnel when the Abu Sayyaf bandits deliberately fired their weapons towards the ambulance, the military said.

The army’s 104th Brigade has been investigating the incident for appropriate filing of cases against the perpetrators.

International Humanitarian Law considers medical units and transports as non-combatants and should be spared as targets for military operations.