Muslim rebels hand over some police weapons in Philippine south

February 18, 2015 6:44 AM

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MANILA (Reuters) - The largest Muslim rebel group in the Philippines handed in 16 assault rifles taken from police commandos killed in a January firefight that has jeopardized milestone peace talks, in what the group said on Wednesday was a show of goodwill.

The Jan. 25 firefight on the southern island of Mindanao between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and members of the police Special Action Force has thrown the talks into doubt and left President Benigno Aquino facing a political crisis.

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