Philippines Rebel Standoff
The Philippine national flag flies at half-staff as soldiers watch a news conference below of top Government officials at the site of a three-week intense fighting between Government forces and Muslim rebels who have taken nearly 200 people hostages, in Zamboanga city, southern Philippines, Saturday Sept. 28, 2013. The deadly standoff between government troops and Muslim rebels has ended with all of the captives safe, officials said Saturday. Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin said only a handful of Moro National Liberation Front rebels remained in hiding and were being hunted by troops in the coastal outskirts of the city, adding authorities were trying to determine if rebel commander Habier Malik, who led the Sept. 9 siege, was dead. More than 200 people were killed in the clashes, including 183 rebels and 23 soldiers and police, in one of the bloodiest and longest-running attacks by a Muslim group in the south, scene of decades-long Muslim rebellion for self-rule in the largely Roman Catholic country. (AP Photo)
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