Philippines rebels take to the hills

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Philippines rebels take to the hills

Ipil, Philippines - Backed by helicopter gunships and artillery, government troopers battled Muslim gunmen in the hills where they fled after ransacking this southern Philippines town, killing dozens of its residents. Military spokesmen said at least 20 people were killed yesterday, including five civilians taken hostage by the extremist Abu Sayyaf group. AP

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