www.instablogs.com Violent clashes erupt in Philippines Muslim radical Islamists burned down 16 homes and buildings in Maguindanao in southern Philippines to punish residents believed to be supporting the military. Residents fled as several houses, a health clinic, daycare center, and a building of a government agency advocating peace and development were destroyed after the arson attacks late Sunday by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front or MILF. Fighting continues between the MILF and government forces after last month's suspension of Malaysian-brokered peace talks. There is now a deadlock between the Philippine government and the rebels over a proposed expansion of an existing Muslim autonomous region. Nearly 200 soldiers, rebels and civilians have been killed in sporadic clashes in Maguindanao and nearby provinces since last month.
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