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Jakarta Post

Latest clash shows tensions still high in Ambon

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 14 2011   /  10:36 am

Gutted: Ambon and Lease Islands Police chief Sr. Comr. Suharwiyono (center) inspects the scene of communal violence in Ambon that broke out early Tuesday. Five houses were gutted and 16 people from both sides were injured in the incident. Antara/Izaac MulyawanA small brawl between residents degenerated into a major clash in Nusaniwe, Ambon, on Tuesday, in which home-made bombs, firearms and Molotov cocktails were unleashed, injuring 16 people and gutting five houses.The clash between residents of Lorong Kolonel Pieters and Air Mata Cina broke out in the early hours of Tuesday. The two residential areas are separated by a single street.The two sides began throwing firecrackers at one another, apparently in jest. However, when one firecracker landed on the roof of a house in Air Mata Cina, setting the house on fire, the gloves
came off.Air Mata Cina’s residents began throwing mo...