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February 26, 1985

A Philippine army commando team rescued a Roman Catholic bishop, two nuns and six other hostages after a 15-minute gun battle with Muslim guerrillas at a rebel hideout in Zamboanga de Sur province, 500 miles south of Manila, officials reported. Bishop Federico Escaler and the eight others were taken captive Friday by rebels involved in a Muslim separatist campaign in the southern Philippines. One rebel was reported wounded in the rescue.

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