Muslim rebels say hardliners would gain if peace process stalls

April 7, 2015 10:32 AM

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Muslim rebels say hardliners would gain if peace process stalls

MANILA (Reuters) - The largest Muslim guerrilla group in the Philippines warned on Tuesday that hardliners would stand to gain if legislators failed to pass a law granting Muslims autonomy as part of a peace deal under threat because of recent fighting.

Forty-four police commandos, 17 rebels and four civilians were killed in a Jan. 25 clash in the south of the largely Christian country that has cast doubt over talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) after lawmakers suspended work on a law creating an autonomous Muslim area.

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