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Philippines Hostage Crisis

The government says at least 168 people are being held captive in Zamboanga as the military and a Muslim rebel group faction continue a standoff.
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A government trooper takes his position during a standoff in the southern port city of Zamboanga, Philippines, Sept. 10, 2013.
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A government trooper takes his position during a standoff in the southern port city of Zamboanga, Philippines, Sept. 10, 2013.

A police sniper aims his rifle at the Muslim mosque with its minaret full of pockmarks during a standoff with Muslim rebels for the second day, Zamboanga, Philippines, Sept. 10, 2013.
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A police sniper aims his rifle at the Muslim mosque with its minaret full of pockmarks during a standoff with Muslim rebels for the second day, Zamboanga, Philippines, Sept. 10, 2013.

Residents who abandoned their homes carry their belongings during a standoff in Zamboanga, Philippines, Sept. 10, 2013.
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Residents who abandoned their homes carry their belongings during a standoff in Zamboanga, Philippines, Sept. 10, 2013.

Soldiers check the belongings of residents who abandoned their homes during a standoff in Zamboanga, Philippines, Sept. 10, 2013.
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Soldiers check the belongings of residents who abandoned their homes during a standoff in Zamboanga, Philippines, Sept. 10, 2013.

Smoke rises from a neighborhood where Muslim rebels are holding scores of hostages as human shields in Zamboanga, Philippines, Sept. 10, 2013.
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Smoke rises from a neighborhood where Muslim rebels are holding scores of hostages as human shields in Zamboanga, Philippines, Sept. 10, 2013.

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