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GOVERNMENT TROOPERS aboard an Armored Personnel Carrier fire at Muslim rebels in an operation to rescue scores of hostages being used as human shields by the rebels on the fourth straight day Sept. 12 at Zamboanga city in southern Philippines.

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Leaders in the Philippines are seeking to end four-day drama

ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — The Philippine government on Thursday warned Muslim rebels who have been holding more than 100 people hostage in a southern port city to peacefully end the four-day standoff “at the soonest possible time,” saying its forces are ready to demonstrate the state’s resolve.

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