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Muslim rebels kill seven more

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Muslim rebels killed four soldiers and three police officers in separate attacks in a southern province just days after 19 soldiers died in one of the worst clashes with the guerrillas in three years, authorities said on Friday.

The violence is severely testing a cease-fire instated as the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front hold peace talks to end the bloody decades-long insurgency.

Seven soldiers and three officers were wounded following attacks by rebel fighters late on Thursday on an army convoy, a military delivery truck and a joint army-police patrol in three townships close to each other in Zamboanga Sibugay province, regional police chief Elpidio de Asis.

Rebel spokesman Von al Haq said the attacks were the initiative of local rebel forces in retaliation for the army's alleged "indiscriminate shelling" of Muslim villages on Saturday and Thursday, which prompted hundreds of villagers to seek shelter in homes of relatives in nearby communities.

the military and some officials for tougher government action..

The rebels have waged a bloody insurgency for self-rule in the southern Mindanao region, the homeland of minority Muslims in the predominantly Roman Catholic Philippines. The conflict has killed more than 120,000 people in nearly four decades.

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