“Islamist militants in the Philippines killed 18 people on Monday in revenge for their clan’s support of government efforts to bring stability to the resource-rich region and the military warned of more bloodshed. The Philippines is majority Catholic but islands in the far south are mostly Muslims and governments have for decades battled autonomy-seeking rebels. While the government has reached a tentative peace deal with the main Muslim rebel group, members of the hardline Abu Sayyaf are still fighting.”
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