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The level of alertness along the East Timor border with West Timor has been increased from 'medium' to 'high', following a series of cross-border incursions and attacks on people in West Timor by pro-Indonesia militias.

The attacks have claimed at least one life, that of a villager.

'Yesterday (Thursday), members of the militia were spotted by the peacekeeping forces, but the distance, the difficult terrain and the bad weather prevented the peacekeeping forces from making physical contact or positively identifying the group,' Nymo told reporters.

Based on observations in Atsabe, however, the group consisted of 15 males, wore dark clothes, and all of them were carrying weapons, he said.

According to Nymo, the pro-Jakarta militias are very active in isolated areas of the entire western part of East Timor and the Ermera district in the central part, driving unarmed civilians into hiding.

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