“At least 21 rebels have been killed following fierce fighting between two rival groups in the southern Philippine island of Sulu, according to the police and military.
A Philippine police spokesman said on Monday that 13 members of the al-Qaeda-affiliated Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) were killed, while eight fighters were confirmed dead from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).
Antonio Freyra, Sulu provincial police chief, told the local media that the ASG had beheaded four of the MNLF rebels in the town of Patikul.
Freyra was also quoted as saying that the fighting was still going, forcing hundreds of civilians to flee in the predominantly Muslim province.
Roughly 200 ASG members and between 700 to 1,000 MNLF fighters were involved in the clashes.