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CAPTION ONLY: BLASTING AWAY AT MUSLIM POSITIONS

A Philippine government soldier recoils as a mortar is fired toward Muslim guerrillas Friday near Zamboanga del Sur, 480 miles south of Manila. At Ipil, another southern town, government troops backed by helicopter gunships battled Muslim gunmen in the hills, where they had fled after ravaging the town and killing dozens of its residents. Military spokesmen said at least 20 people were killed Friday, including five civilians taken hostage by the extremist Abu Sayyaf group.