MAGUINDANAO -- Three relatives of Talitay, Maguindanao Mayor Muntasir Sabal were killed while two others were wounded when armed men ambushed them while on their way to Cotabato City, Thursday morning.
The victims were only identified as alias Boy, Tam and Delds.
The two others wounded were Bobby Masulot and Tatuan Dakondang, a barangay councilor of Gadungan in Talitay.
Talitay police chief Senior Inspector Freddie Solar said it is a "rido" or family feud between the Sabal and Buisan families, who both have an affiliation with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).
The victims' relatives retaliated, which turned into a firefight between the warring clans that lasted for a couple of hours.
"Members ng 106th base command ang gumanti, mga kaanak ng mga biktima," Solar said.
Hundreds of families were displaced and evacuated in Madrasas and Mosques in the town.
Local officials have yet to determine the exact number of displaced families, but they said most of the families in 3 barangays have evacuated.
Authorities are investigating the incident.