Houses on fire as fighting erupts in southern Philippines

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ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Houses were set ablaze on Tuesday as fighting erupted between Philippine security forces and Muslim rebels occupying five districts of the southern Philippine city of Zamboanga, witnesses said. Fire fighters were prevented from getting to the houses by sniper fire, a Reuters witness said. On Monday, hundreds of heavily armed Muslim gunmen landed in coastal districts of Zamboanga, took 30 hostages and had planned to march to the city hall to raise their flag and declare an independent state. ...