From the Philippine News Agency (Jan 30): 2 wounded as 2 warring groups clash in Basilan
Two persons, including a child, were wounded in a clash Monday between two warring factions in the province of Basilan, officials disclosed.
Col. Cirilo Donato, Army’s 104th Infantry Brigade commander, disclosed the clash broke out around 8 a.m. Monday in Barangay Baungis, Lantawan, Basilan.
Donato disclosed the protagonists were a group of relatives of Hasim Jalil, a militiaman, and that of Poly Hallang.
Senior Supt. Nickson Muksan, Basilan police director, disclosed the clash broke out following a shooting incident that injured two persons, including a child.
Muksan identified the victims as Ruayda Hallang, 25, and Haira Hallang, 15. They were rushed to the hospital.
Muksan did not say whether the perpetrators belong to the Jalil group but that the victims were shot by unidentified gunmen armed with high-power firearms.
He said the fighting stopped when policemen of Lantawan police station in coordination with the Army Special Forces initiated police intervention.
He said the troops also initiated measures to ensure the protection of the civilians in the area.