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Monday, 25 September, 2000, 09:04 GMT 10:04 UK
Violence flares across Indonesia
Muslim militants
Muslim fighters are waging a "holy war" in the Moluccas
Nearly two dozen people have been killed in clashes around embattled Indonesia, with violence erupting in Lombok, the Moluccas and Aceh.

At least 12 villagers were killed and dozens wounded in fierce fighting on the Moluccan island of Saparua over the weekend, where combatants used mortars and grenade launchers, the Jakarta Post newspaper said.

Thousands have died in religious clashes in the Moluccas since early 1999.

The latest violence breaks what had been a relative lull in fighting over recent weeks.

Lombok

Meanwhile, four people have been killed and 38 others injured in communal clashes on the tourist island of Lombok, according to police.

Reports said the fighting was thought to be between factions of the country's largest Muslim organisation, Nahdlatul Ulama, which is loyal to President Abdurrahman Wahid.

The Antara news agency said officials had gone to the scene of the unrest in Aikmel to calm the situation.

Rebels in Aceh
Thousands have died in 25 years of fighting in Aceh
In January, thousands of Christians and tourists fled Lombok after Muslim mobs went on the rampage, burning churches and attacking Christian homes and businesses.

There has also been violence in the northern province of Aceh where security forces reportedly shot four people dead just hours after government negotiators and rebels agreed to extend a cease-fire following a meeting in Switzerland.

Police said the dead were separatist guerrillas, but local villagers claimed they were unarmed civilians.

In another part of the province, two policemen and a boy were injured in an attack by unidentified gunmen, police said.

The separatist Free Aceh Movement has been waging war against Indonesian rule for more than 25 years in the resource-rich province.

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