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Saturday, February 25, 2017
Fresh violence in Moluccas
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¬†There has been a renewed outbreak of religious violence on the island on Ceram in the Moluccas. Fr Agus Ulahaiyanan, who heads the Crisis Centre of the diocese of Ambon, told the missionary news service, MISNA, that a few days ago, Moslem Jihad fighters attacked the Christian village of Alang Asaudi, situated on Ceram north-east of Ambon. He said the army moved in to calm the situation. One soldier was killed. Another three are missing and one man was injured. Fr Agus reported that this was the second attack on the Gonzalo Veloso complex, run by the Sacred Heart Missionaries in Ambon. The first attack came on 12 June. "In reality ≠ explained Father Agus ≠ since then every night shots have been fired against the centre. The other day there was a sort of a small attack by groups of Muslims, which caused no victims, just a little fear".
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