Philippines says deadly clash a mistake, hopeful peace not derailed

January 26, 2015 11:03 AM

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MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines said on Monday a clash between security forces and Muslim rebels in which dozens of people were killed was a mistake and both sides said they were hopeful the violence would not scupper a peace deal the rebels are negotiating.

Security forces said about 50 policemen and eight rebels were killed in what a top official described as a "misencounter" during an operation on Sunday to arrest two militants who had taken refuge with Moro Islamic Liberation Front fighters.

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