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  • A Filipino soldier carries a wounded trooper from Basilan province as they land at the southern port city of Zamboanga, Philippines, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011. Philippine troops battled Muslim guerrillas in fierce fighting in volatile Basilan province. (AP Photo/Al Jacinto)

    Filipino soldiers clash with rebels; 15 killed

    Philippine troops battled Muslim guerrillas Tuesday in fierce fighting in a volatile southern province that killed at least 15 combatants and left 10 soldiers missing, officials and rebels said.

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  • Lt. Col. Randolph Cabangbang, a regional military spokesman, said the fighting erupted at dawn Tuesday near Al-Barka town on Basilan island when troops were investigating reports of rebel incursions, and sporadic clashes continued late into the night in the remote region.

    Filipino soldiers clash with rebels; 15 killed →

  • Col. Cabangbang said troops were deployed to check reports by villagers that a group of gunmen known to be holding kidnapping victims had strayed areas close to their communities.

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