Deadly Violence Erupts in the Moluccas

AMBON, Indonesia, APRIL 25, 2004 (Zenit.org).- At least 10 people were killed and a church and U.N. office set ablaze as Muslim and Christian residents of this city fought street battles, according to witnesses and police.

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Nearly 90 people were hurt as groups rampaged through the provincial capital of the Moluccas province in the worst day of violence since factions signed a peace agreement in February 2002, Reuters reported today.

The clashes began after police arrested and then released a number of people for trying to raise the banned flag of a mostly Christian rebel group, the South Moluccas Republic movement.

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