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Religious violence flares again in Moluccas

December 14, 2011

Religious violence has broken out in Indonesia’s Moluccas Islands, a region that has seen frequent attacks on Christians in the past.

Rival gangs battled with machetes, clubs, and Molotov cocktails on December 13 in Ambon, the provincial capital. Earlier police had reported a knifing and firebombing. The violence may have been an echo of Muslim-Christian fighting in September. Authorities said that by December 14 the situation was “under control.”


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