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Philippine Rebels Take Hostages in South

Muslim guerrillas attacked a town and took hostages Sunday as they withdrew from fighting that killed at least 22 people, military officials said. The nighttime raid by about 100 members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front injured dozens of people in the town of Siocon in the southern province of Zamboanga del Norte, officials said. The guerrillas fired on houses, town hall, a hospital and public market — then fought army troops, killing 16 soldiers and wounding eight more, said military spokesman Lt. Col. Daniel Lucero. Six guerillas also were killed and 15 civilians were wounded, he said. A rebel spokesman, Eid Kabalu, said two guerrillas were killed and 11 wounded. Lucero said the guerrillas took 15 hostages, but soldiers recovered all but four. Rescued hostages included the wife and child of the town’s mayor. Full Story

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