Two Basilan warring clans clash: 7 killed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 09 August 2014 13:58

Police and military sent additional forces in Sumisip town, Basilan province to pacify two warring Muslim clans that clashed on Sunday killing seven people,

Nasser Langis Asikin, barangay chairman of Lower Cabengbeng, Sumisip where the bloody shootout occurred, told this reporter that the encounter resulted in the death of four from the family of Abubakar  Palaman and three from the group of Jabbar Sandiki.

Asikin said the firefight continued until Monday and had  sent 1,050 families evacuating to safer places as the two armed protagonists were poised to  continue the fighting.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council yesterday reported that a total of 5,250 individuals were displaced by clan war in Sumisip.

The NDRRMC said the clash started at 8 p.m. on Sunday in Barangay Lower Cabengbeng,.

Residents of Sumisip, who talked on condition of anonymity for fear of reprisal, said some members of both warring groups are either Abu Sayyaf militants or relatives of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members.

It was not clear what the root cause of the feud, but it was apparently a case of “rido”, a generic term in most Moro vernaculars, which means clan war, usually precipitated either by land disputes, affronts on family pride and honor, and intense political rivalries.

Sumisip is one of the stronghold of the Abu Sayyaf.

The displaced families sought refuge with their relatives in the villages of Upper Cabling, Sapa Bulak, Languyan,  Mebak and Etub-Etub, also in Sumisip town.

The Office of Civil Defense coordinated with the  Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office for close monitoring of the incident.

The Sumisip Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office are looking into the needs of the affected families.