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3 killed, homes burned as villages clash

ICC Note:

3 Christians were killed in eastern Indonesia when the largely Muslim village of Saleman attacked the largely Christian village of Horale on Friday morning, setting fire to at least two churches and more than 60 homes.

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5/3/08 Indonesia (IHT) Hundreds of riot police were deployed to the area to restore order, Brig. Gen. Guntur Ariyadi told el-Shinta radio, and scores of panicked villagers were evacuated to temporary shelters.

The region has also been the scene of religious tensions in the past, but police refused to say whether the villagers were from different faiths or if religion played a part in Friday’s violence.

“Police have reason to believe this was a carefully orchestrated attack,” he said, noting that the three dead were all from Horale.

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