Renewed Christian-Muslim Violence Kills 10 in Moluccan Islands

April 25, 2004

Source: BBC News

On April 25, 2004 the BBC News reported, "At least 10 people have died in renewed fighting between Christians and Muslims in Indonesia's Moluccan islands, police and witnesses say. People fought with knives and stones, buildings were set alight and an Associated Press reporter says he saw two men hacked to death in the street. It came as separatist Christians paraded in the capital, Ambon, to mark a failed independence bid 50 years ago. More than 5,000 people have died since a sectarian conflict broke out in 1999. The two groups signed a government-sponsored peace pact in 2002, which had appeared to be holding."