A Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) commander and one of his men were reportedly killed in a clash with another faction of the rebel group in Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, on Monday, a military official said.

Brigadier Gen. Leo Ferrer, commander of the Army 601st Brigade in Tacurong City, said members of the MILF 108th Base Command led by Gane Saligan attacked the encampment of 106th Base Command field commander Sampulna Baumol at Sitio Baumol, Brgy. Pidtiguian, around 1 p.m.

“Allegedly, commander Sampulna and one of his men were reportedly killed and immediately buried. The fighting ceased around 5 p.m.,” Ferrer said.

The fighting also prompted about 250 residents to flee their homes, he said.

Ferrer said he informed members of the government’s Committee on Ceasefire and Cessation of Hostilities of the clash so they can ask the MILF CCCH to pacify the warring parties as the issue is internal to MILF. (John Roson)

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