ZAMBOANGA CITY: At least six people, including a 10-year-old boy, were wounded when two groups of policemen clashed in Lanao del Sur province in the troubled Muslim autonomous region.
The military said policemen from Tugaya town and more than a dozen armed men attacked the police station in the village of Bubong, Bacolod Kalawi town on Monday afternoon, triggering a firefight that left six civilians injured.
There were no immediate reports of casualties on the side of both police forces, but the military released the identities of those wounded in the clash as Osmeňa Bagaya, 41; Anie Radie, 37; Mosa Radiem, 40; Basar Pumbaya, 49; Iya Maniri, 43; and Kalil Radie, 10.
The military said the shooting lasted for about 15 minutes and stopped only after the attackers retreated.
The motive of the attack is unknown, but it occurred ahead of the local political campaign in Lanao del Sur, which is one of the most contested areas during elections in the Muslim autonomous region.
The regional police and the provincial government did not issue any statement about the clash involving lawmen.
The attack also coincided with the deadly clashes between military forces and jihadists in Butig town in the province, and the infighting between Balabagan town Mayor Edna Ogka-Benito and Vice Mayor Quirino Sampiano.