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Thousands flee as Philippine troops fight rebels

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About 2,000 farmers have fled their homes in the southern Philippines after renewed fighting between government forces and renegade Muslim rebels, officials said Saturday. 

Philippine police inspect the site where a roadside bomb exploded in Mamasapano on the southern island of Mindanao, on August 7, 2013. About 2,000 farmers have fled their homes in the southern Philippines after renewed fighting between government forces and renegade Muslim rebels on Mindanao.

Families carrying bags of clothes and cooking implements dragged their water buffalo and cattle into the rural hamlet of Nalapaan on Mindanao island on Saturday as exploding mortar rounds could be heard in the distance.

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