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Islamic-Christian sectarian violence flares in Indonesia

August 01, 2014

Religious violence flared in Ambon, the capital of the Mollucas region of Indonesia, leaving four people dead and rousing fears of a new round of sectarian fighting.

Indonesian troops in riot gear intervened to stop the fighting on July 31, but at least 20 homes were destroyed. The causes of the violence were unclear.

In 2002, tensions between Muslims and Christians exploded in the Mollucas, causing thousands of deaths before the government succeeded in restoring order.


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