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JOLO, PHILIPPINES:  (FILES) Dated 27 May 2000 file picture shows Al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen guard a mosque in Bandang village, Jolo island where their leaders and group of negotiators meet for the release of 21 Asian and Western hostages.  Jolo, one of the Philippines southernmost islands boasts rich land and marine natural resources but serious peace and order problems have left the island mired in poverty. The Tausogs, the native Muslim tribes who make up the majority have  tradition for fierce martial courage and fondness for weaponry which has helped fuel the frequent explosions of violence in Jolo ranging from Muslim separatist wars, mass kidnapping campaigns, clan feuds and political disputes.   AFP PHOTO    ROMEO GACAD  (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)
JOLO, PHILIPPINES:  (FILES) Dated 27 May 2000 file picture shows Al-Qaeda linked Abu Sayyaf gunmen guard a mosque in Bandang village, Jolo island where their leaders and group of negotiators meet for the release of 21 Asian and Western hostages.  Jolo, one of the Philippines southernmost islands boasts rich land and marine natural resources but serious peace and order problems have left the island mired in poverty. The Tausogs, the native Muslim tribes who make up the majority have  tradition for fierce martial courage and fondness for weaponry which has helped fuel the frequent explosions of violence in Jolo ranging from Muslim separatist wars, mass kidnapping campaigns, clan feuds and political disputes.   AFP PHOTO    ROMEO GACAD  (Photo credit should read ROMEO GACAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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