Subject: Houses Torched Down in East Nusa Tenggara Clashes

Houses Torched Down in East Nusa Tenggara Clashes

Monday, 08 March, 2010 | 10:27 WIB

TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta: Several houses were torched down and at least one vehicle were burned in a clash between residents in Kupang, the seat of East Nusa Tenggara Province on Sunday, authorities said on Monday (8/3).

The clash involved local residents in Oeltone Village in Fatuleu Subdistrict, Kupang Regency and refugees from East Timor, after an ex East Timor refugee went missing near a manganese mine in the region.

Competition for contrrol over the manganese mine between locals also suspected of fueling the tension in the area.

Head of the Kupang Ressort Police Adjutant Senior Commissioner Dadang Suhendar said on Monday “Temporary investigation results indicate, the clash was sparked by the missing of an East Timor refugee near the manganese mine.” No report of injuries or fatalities inthe incident.

The missing miner,police said, had not return for two days prompting members of of the refugees group came to the mining site and attacked locals.

Police deployed one platoon of regular police, Mobile Brigade special unit, and the army personnel to anticipate and prevent further clash.

Authorities said tradiotional mining by locals in the region is not authorized by local administration.

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