Filipino troops retake most rebel-held villages

September 16, 2013 • World News

Government troopers take their positions as renewed fighting between government forces and Muslim rebels, who have taken scores of hostages, enters its second week Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Zamboanga city in southern Philippines. The standoff, which began last Monday when about 200 Moro National Liberation Front guerrillas stormed several coastal communities in Zamboanga city and seized several residents, has displaced more than 60,000, hundreds of homes razed to the ground, forced the closure of businesses and resulted in more than 50 deaths so far. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez)

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine troops have recaptured 70 percent of the coastal areas of a southern city that were occupied by Muslim rebels and rescued 116 of more than 100 civilians held hostage in a nine-day standoff, the military said Tuesday.

About 64 hostages were freed or escaped during military operations early Tuesday, followed by Login to read more

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