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Jakarta Post

Peace returns to Tarakan after clash

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 1 2010   /  09:18 am

The conflicting parties in Tarakan, East Kalimantan, made peace on Thursday, allowing normalcy to return after days of deadly clashes between natives and migrants.Banks, markets and shops reopened and residents resumed their daily routines. The Grand Tarakan mall, one of the biggest shopping centers in the city, also reopened.Thousands of people who took shelter at military and police premises at the height of the conflict, which pitted locals and migrant Bugis, were streaming back home Thursday.Police claimed they had brought the situation under control following clashes in which five people were killed and another six severely injured.“We have signed a peace treaty,” Sabirin Sanyong, a representative for the native Tidung ethnic group, said. “We hope Tarakan will return to normal soon,” said Suddin, a Buginese. Under the 10-point peace accord, the two ethnic groups agreed to jo...