4 dead in clan war in Basilan
Roel Pareño (The Philippine Star) - February 18, 2014 - 1:30pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines  - At least four people - two pro-government militiamen and two civilians - were killed while another was wounded in a clash Monday afternoon between two warring clan leaders in a remote village of Basilan province, according to a military official.

Ground reports disclosed that two of the victims were reportedly beheaded following the ambush at about 3:41 p.m at Barangay Bohe Lebong, Tipo-Tipo town.

“The incident was triggered by rido (clan war) between two clan commanders,” said Capt. Ma. Rowena Muyuella, spokesperson of Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom).

The victims were identified as Kasuyan Murang, a village councilman, and Habir Callitut, both members of the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU); and Wahid and Husin Upisalin, both sons of a CAFGU member.  A wounded victim was not immediately identified.

The military said the victims were followers of Commander Mongon Agama and all residents of Barangay Bohe Tambak, Tipo-Tipo.

The military said the victims were on their way to their village when they were ambushed by the followers of Commander Bazir, who is from Barangay Bakisung, Albarka town.

The suspects immediately escaped following the  attack.

Muyuella said they were verifying  reports that two of the victims were  beheaded.

She said military troops were deployed and  retrieved the remains of the victims and turned them over to the victims' families.

Troops were also deployed in the area to avert the possible spill of fighting between the two warring clans.

The military and local government officials in Basilan have been working to settle clan war and rido incidents in the province. 

BARANGAY BAKISUNG BARANGAY BOHE LEBONG BARANGAY BOHE TAMBAK BASILAN CIVILIAN ARMED FORCES GEOGRAPHICAL UNIT COMMANDER BAZIR COMMANDER MONGON AGAMA HABIR CALLITUT KASUYAN MURANG ROWENA MUYUELLA
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