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Philippines: army takes on Muslim separatists who want to form Islamic state

Philippines: army takes on Muslim separatists who want to form Islamic state
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There have been more clashes in the Philippines between the army and Muslim separatists.

Troops have been fighting the MNLF rebels in the city of Zamboanga and surrounding villages since they launched an attack on Monday.

The MNLF want to see an independent Islamic state in the southern Philippines.

More than 50 people have died in the violence and around 60,000 have fled their homes.

Visiting a sports centre housing those who had been displaced, Philippine president, Benigno Aquino, said he was hopeful the violence would soon end:“These problems of ours are getting smaller. There will still be clashes but the MNLF did not succeed with their scheming and I guarantee that this will subside. We will end this crisis as soon as possible.”