KOSTRAD TROOPS LEAVE FOR SAPARUA TO
CONTROL SECTARIAN CLASHES
Thursday, October 26, 2000/1:16:19 AM
Ambon, Oct 26 (ANTARA) - A company of troops from the Army`s Strategic
Reserves Command (Kostrad)`s Battalion 407 left for
Saparua island, Central Maluku district, at dawn on Wednesday to help
overcome a renewed sectarian clash which erupted late on
The Kostrad troops left for the island aboard a Navy warship, Chief of
Staff of Pattimura military district command, Col. Agus Suyitno
said on Wednesday.
"I received a report that the troops have arrived in the conflict-hit
area, and the security condition there has returned to normal," he
The clash involving residents of Sirisori Islam, Ulath and Ouw villages
has reportedly injured at least 12 people. Five of the victims who
sustained serious injuries are receiving intensive medical treatment.
The conflict also led to the evacuation of hundreds of residents, most
of them old persons, women, and children to safer areas.