- Two rival groups of the M.I.L.F. clashed with each other in Maguindanao
- The death of a M.I.L.F. commander’s brother-in-law prompted the clash that lasted for hours
- Two persons were killed while several others were wounded
Two people were killed while at least 11 others were injured including a ranking rebel leader during a clash between two rival groups of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (M.I.L.F.) in Maguindanao.
According to the Philippine Army, the clash came after the murder of a town councilor, Sahabudin Namli, 42, who was shot dead in Datu Saudi Ampatuan on Wednesday.
Haon Sindatok, commander of the M.I.L.F. 105th base command, was injured in the left arm during the clash Thursday night until Friday dawn against members of the M.I.L.F. 118th base command – under Commander Ustadz Wahid Tundok.
The killed councilor Namli was Commander Tundok’s brother-in-law.
Tundok suspected the killing of Namli to be the doing of Sindatok’s group.
Tundok’s forces reportedly initiated the clash.
Hundreds of civilian families fled to safer grounds.
Lieutenant Colonel Gerry Besana, chief of the 6th Infantry Division’s Civil Military Operations (CMO) battalion, said the M.I.L.F. leadership have already sent emissaries to pacify the warring M.I.L.F. leaders.
“Tension had died down Friday dawn but both sides are still in fighting mode,” Besana said.