Policemen in Eastern Visayas have been alerted for possible attacks by the New People’s Army (NPA) following the arrest of an alleged leader of the rebel group’s “assassination squad” in Llorente, Eastern Samar.

Chief Supt. Elmer Soria, Eastern Visayas regional police director, said Clodualdo Anua, a leader of the NPA’s Special Partisan Armed Unit (Sparu), was arrested after a shootout on Saturday.

Police in Llorente recieved an information past 9 p.m. Saturday that five suspected Sparu members were roaming in Sitio Parik, Brgy. 1.

Upon arriving in the area to check the report, members of the Llorente Police were fired upon by armed men so they retaliated, Soria said.

The armed men fled after a brief firefight but one of them, later identified as Anua, was arrested when police gave chase, he said.

Anua, who yielded a caliber-.45 pistol loaded with four live ammunition, is now detained at the Llorente Police Station.

Soria said Anua’s arrest dealt a blow to the NPA’s operations, but warned policemen of retaliatory attacks from the rebel group.

“I reminded our policemen to be alert and vigilant as they (NPA) might conduct atrocities in relation to the accomplishment,” he said.

Soria ordered all police stations to implement “target-hardening” measures and enhance personnel security. (John Roson)

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