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Philippine villagers in fear of mines, fresh attacks

Thousands of villagers who fled their homes in the war-ravaged southern Philippines are not returning for fear of landmines and new attacks by Muslims rebels, officials said Wednesday. Although Muslim guerrillas have retreated from villages they occupied last week in the province of North Cotabato, government soldiers are still meeting small pockets of resistance. Scores of houses in mainly poor rural villages have been either burned to the ground or looted and crops destroyed by the retreating rebels. Full Story

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