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Thousands flee fighting in southern Philippines

COTABATO CITY (UCAN): An estimated 16,000 people fled their homes following armed clashes between government troops and the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, supporters of the Islamic State, in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao.
Military aircraft began pounding a suspected hideout of in the town of Shariff Saydona Mustapha on March 11.
“(The clashes) started with a bomb run,” commander of the army’s 6th Infantry Division, Major General Cirilito Sobejana, said. 

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