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Police inspect the scene of a mortar attack by Muslim rebels of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in downtown Zamboanga city

Police inspect the scene of a mortar attack by Muslim rebels of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in downtown Zamboanga city in southern Philippines September 16, 2013. Philippine forces launched air strikes on Monday to root out rogue Muslim rebels from a southern city, stepping up efforts to end more than a week of clashes that have killed scores of people. The fighting has been a stark reminder that decades-old grievances fester in the Catholic-majority country despite strong economic growth and an agreement with the biggest Muslim rebel group that was meant to pave the way to peace. The army said at least 62 people have been killed, including 51 of the independence-seeking rebels and five civilians. REUTERS/Erik De Castro (PHILIPPINES - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT POLITICS)

Fighting continues in southern Philippines

Philippine forces launched air strikes on Monday, Sept. 16. 2013 to root out rogue Muslim rebels from a southern city, stepping up efforts to end more than a week of clashes that have killed scores of people.

The fighting has been a stark reminder that decades-old grievances fester in the Catholic-majority country despite strong economic growth and an agreement with the biggest Muslim rebel group that was meant to pave the way to peace. (Reuters)