MILF member slain, 4 others hurt in Maguindanao

MILF member slain, 4 others hurt in Maguindanao

COTABATO CITY – One person was killed while four others were hurt when members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) engaged in a firefight due to a family feud in Maguindanao on Tuesday, officials said.

Esmael Hashim, the chairperson of Barangay Tukanalipao, Mamasapano, Maguindanao, said the sporadic clashes erupted at about 11 a.m. between the group of Salik Kiko, a delisted member of the MILF’s 118th base command, and Ben Tikaw of the MILF’s 105th base command.

“They were locked in a rido (family feud) due to (a) land dispute,” Hashim told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in a phone interview on Wednesday.

A certain Alimudin, a member of the Salik Kiko group, was killed and three of his companions were hurt. On the side of Ben Tikaw, a subordinate was also hurt.

Hashim said the skirmishes lasted for about six hours.

“No civilians were hurt. Some have fled but have returned home,” he said.

Government forces, both the police and the military, have put up checkpoints along the major roads to prevent a spillover of the conflict.

Maj. Gen. Juvymax Uy, commander of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division and head of the Joint Task Force Central, has directed the Army’s 33rd Infantry Battalion and 1st Mechanized Brigade to help local officials and the MILF leadership in peacefully resolving the conflict.

Barangay Tukanalipao is the site of the bloody Jan. 25, 2015 clash between the police’s elite Special Action Force and Moro rebels that left 44 police officers and 17 radicals dead. (PNA)

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