Fierce clashes between two warring Muslim families in Lanao del Sur over the weekend left at least seven people dead and five wounded, military authorities reported on Sunday.
Officials told The Manila Times that the weekend fighting erupted after members of the Capal and Macugar families crossed paths in the village of Linao in Ladao del Sur’s Bayang town.
The fighting lasted almost an hour, leaving four people dead and two wounded on the side of Capal family and three more slain and three others wounded on the side of the Macugar family.
There could be more casualties since the bodies of some of those slain in the clash were retrieved by their kin, authorities surmised.
The clashes only stopped after security forces arrived and pacified the two warring groups. Troops helped recover the bodies of those slain in the fighting and turned them over to their families.
It was not immediately known whether the military or police arrested any of the leaders or followers of the two warring families. But among those killed were Hajji Naim Capal and Latip Capal, who were reportedly clan leaders.
The others who were slain on the side of Capal family had been identified as Abar Balt and Al-radji Tanggor, while the wounded were identified as Arip Bacolod and Pao.
On the side of the Macugar family, those killed were identified as Cader Dumato, Hajji Ahmad Dimacuta and Salahoden Dimacota, while the wounded were identified as Sameto Piang and Saidamen Macugar.
The military said the families are locked in a bitter political feud in the town.