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Seven dead as fighting mars Philippines peace talks, military say

Published on Jul 13, 2013 3:44 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Fresh fighting between Philippine troops and a renegade group of Muslim rebels left seven people dead on Saturday amid peace talks aimed at ending a decades-old rebellion, the military said.

The gunmen, who oppose the main Islamic rebel group's negotiations with Manila, ambushed an army truck on the main southern island of Mindanao, regional military spokesman Colonel Dickson Hermoso said.

Two soldiers were wounded in the initial volley, but the army gave chase to the retreating gunmen and killed five of them, he said in a written report.

The pursuit also left two soldiers dead and four other soldiers wounded, Col Hermoso added.

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