ZAMBOANGA CITY: Rival groups Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) continue with their sporadic clashes in the restive province of Basilan in the Bangsamoro autonomous region.

Fighting erupted on Wednesday in the village of Bacud in Tipo-Tipo town following the confiscation of alleged illegal drugs by MILF forces from a member of the MNLF on August 28.

There were no immediate reports of casualties from both sides. The clash occurred a day after members of the MILF and MNLF traded gunfire in the village of Parangbasak in Lamitan City.

The fighting reportedly killed a member of the MNLF. The clashes only stopped after government forces rushed to the area to prevent the escalation of violence.

Both the MILF and the MNLF have huge forces in Basilan.

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The Western Mindanao Command and the 1st Infantry Division did not issue any statement. Neither did the MILF nor MNLF leaderships.