Sectarian clashes in eastern Indonesia kill 3

AP News
|
Posted: Sep 11, 2011 9:46 AM
Sectarian clashes in eastern Indonesia kill 3

Officials say clashes between Muslim and Christian gangs in eastern Indonesia have left three people dead and more than a dozen injured.

Police spokesman Johanis Huwae says the two sides began attacking each other with rocks and machetes on Sunday after exchanging insults during the funeral procession of a Muslim motorcycle taxi driver in Ambon, the provincial capital of Maluku. Some cars and motorbikes were set ablaze.

Hospital officials say at least three people died and 20 others are being treated for injuries.

Indonesia is overwhelmingly Muslim, but Christians form the majority in parts of Maluku and other eastern regions.

More than 9,000 people were killed in sectarian violence in Ambon between 1999 and 2002.