Sona 2015 Sona 2015 Sona 2015

7 killed in clash of 2 families in Lanao del Sur

SHARES:

05:03 PM July 21st, 2013

Recommended
July 21st, 2013 05:03 PM

CAGAYAN DE ORO, Philippines— At least seven people are dead in Lanao del Sur after two families locked in a longstanding feud battled each other with guns, police said.

Such violent clan conflicts, known as “rido,” have long complicated security worries in the country’s south, which is already mired in decades-long Muslim rebellions. Many of the clan clashes are over political power, land, business and past grudges in far-flung communities awash with guns and burdened by weak law enforcement.

Armed members and followers of the Macugar and Capal families confronted each other late Friday in a village of Bayang town in Lanao del Sur province, sparking a gunbattle that left seven people dead and five others wounded, police officer Ansari Musa said by telephone.

Police and soldiers were deployed to the village about 840 kilometers (520 miles) south of Manila to prevent further bloodshed, Musa said, adding it was not immediately clear what the families were feuding over.

Disclaimer: Comments do not represent the views of INQUIRER.net. We reserve the right to exclude comments which are inconsistent with our editorial standards. FULL DISCLAIMER
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.