Google Earth map of Bayang town in Lanao del Sur province in southern Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)
PAGADIAN CITY (Mindanao Examiner / July 21, 2013) – At least a dozen people were killed and wounded in fierce clashes between two warring Muslim families in the southern Philippines, the military told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner on Sunday.
It said the weekend fighting erupted after the protagonists – Capal and Macugar families – incidentally crossed path in the village of Linao in Ladao del Sur’s Bayang town.
The fighting lasted almost an hour leaving 4 people dead and two wounded on the side of Capal family and 3 more slain and three others wounded on Macugar family. But there could be more casualties as some of the dead were dragged by their kin.
The clashes only stopped after security forces arrived and pacified the two warring groups. Troops helped recovered the dead 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, and the wounded Arip Bacolod and Pao. While on the Macugar family, those killed were named as Cader Dumato, Hajji Ahmad Dimacuta and Salahoden Dimacota, and the wounded were Sameto Piang and Saidamen Macugar.
The military said the families are locked in a bitter political feud in the town. (Mindanao Examiner)