Violence Continues in Southern Philippines

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Philippine soldiers exchange fire with rebels in the south of the country as a showdown with the militants continues in to a second day. At least 6 people have been confirmed dead in the fighting in Zamboanga - the main city in this restive region. The militants attacked the area from the sea on Monday - taking hostages in outlying villages and forcing thousands of residents to flee their homes. I don't care if I have to stay, one resident said. As long as we are alive.