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Philippine rebels locked in standoff

CLEAR MESSAGE:Hundreds of Muslim rebels stormed six villages, killing six people and taking hostages to send a message that peace talks will not end the war, experts say

AFP, ZAMBOANGA, Philippines

It is not the first time Misuari has attacked Zamboanga.

In 2001, he and his followers took dozens of hostages and left many more dead in Zamboanga and in nearby Jolo Island, his home base.

The MNLF freed all the hostages after several days in exchange for free passage out of the city as Misuari fled to Malaysia, where he was arrested and deported.

He was held in a police camp near Manila until 2008, when the government dropped all charges against him.

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