DIED. HASHIM SALAMAT, 61, founder and leader of the 25-year-old, 12,000-strong Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF); of a heart attack; "somewhere in Mindanao," according to the rebel group. News of Salamat's death remained secret for over three weeks, during which the Philippine government signed a cease-fire with the group to clear the way for peace talks in Kuala Lumpur. Salamat is credited with bridging the nationalist and pan-Islamic elements within the MILF. Three weeks before he died, he formally renounced terrorism, a condition for attending the talks. He is succeeded by former deputy Al-Haj Murad Ebrahim, who headed the group's military...

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