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Jakarta Post

5 die with no end in sight in Tarakan ethnic clashes

  • Nurni Sulaiman and Andi Hajramurni

    The Jakarta Post

Balikpapan/Makassar   /   Thu, September 30 2010   /  10:14 am

Ethnic clashes continued to flare up in Tarakan, East Kalimantan, on Wednesday, killing five people and injuring six since they first erupted on Sunday.The incident, with rival groups setting several houses and shops ablaze, allegedly started after a man from the native Tarakan tribe of Tidung died after being assaulted by a group of ethnic Bugis men from Sulawesi.President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono instructed officials to swiftly resolve the situation to prevent a repeat of the 2001 ethnic clashes in Sampit, Central Kalimantan, between Dayak natives and ethnic Madurese, which claimed many lives. “I hope we don’t have a repeat of [the Sampit incident]. All officials must go to the scene and take strong steps” to resolve the situation, Yudhoyono was quoted as saying at his office Wednesday by Antara news agency.The situation in Tarakan, located two hours by air from provincial capita...