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November 28, 2016
Troops fire artillery at Islamic militants in southern Philippines
Butig, Philippines (AFP) Nov 27, 2016
Troops Sunday fired artillery at positions held by an Islamic militant faction in the southern Philippines as more soldiers deployed against the group, which staged a deadly bombing in President Rodrigo Duterte's home city. Troops used 105 mm artillery to blast the positions of the Maute group in the nearly deserted town of Butig in the second day of fighting since the gunmen - who claim allegiance to the Islamic State group - occupied Butig's abandoned town hall. Mortar bombs could be heard i ... read more

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