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Thousands Flee in Southern Philippines as Violence Spreads

Clashes between Muslim rebels and Philippine troops forced about 15,000 people to flee their homes as violence spread in the nation’s south, complicating efforts to bring peace to the region after four decades of insurgency.

At least 10 people have been killed during four days of fighting between government forces and Moro National Liberation Front rebels, who hold about 100 hostages in several parts of Zamboanga city, police and military officials said. Armed men also attacked the city of Lamitan in Basilan province, a boat ride from Zamboanga, wounding three soldiers, police provincial director Senior Superintendent Mario Dapilloza said.