Talking to the media, Antonio Freyra, Sulu provincial police chief claimed that ASG allegedly beheaded four MNLF rebels which forced hundreds of civilians to seek shelter in the predominantly Muslim province.
Reportedly, a Philippine army spokesman claims that a marine brigade is been sought to control the situation. According to Philippines Armed Forces, the troops from the 2nd Marine Brigade have successfully contained the violence in Patikul town.
“The AFP and (Philippine National Police) units have prevented a spillover of the armed clash. The situation is now under control,” the military said.
“The situation is now under control and [army] troopers are now working closely in assisting”, Colonel Arnulfo Burgos said.