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In pictures: E Timor leader shot

East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta on a stretcher in Darwin, Australia (11/02/2008)

East Timor's President Jose Ramos-Horta has been airlifted to Australia after being shot and seriously injured in an attack on his home by rebel soldiers.

An ambulance carrying East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta leaves the airport in Darwin, Australia (11/02/2008)

Mr Ramos-Horta received emergency treatment in East Timor's capital, Dili, for bullet wounds to the chest and abdomen before being heavily sedated for the flight to Darwin.

East Timorese Deputy House Speaker Vicente Guteres (L) and Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao (R) at a press conference in Dili (11/02/2008)

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao (right) was also fired at but not injured. He said it was a "coup attempt" led by notorious rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, who died in the violence.

Peacekeeping troops from Australia stop a car at a checkpoint outside Dili, East Timor (11/02/2008)

The capital Dili was said to be calm but security patrols have been stepped up as authorities fear fighting could break out between rival groups.

A woman and child walk past Australian peacekeeping troops at a checkpoint in Dili,  East Timor (11/02/2008)

Australia, which has led a UN peacekeeping force in East Timor since 2006, said the attack on a democratically-elected leader was a "deeply disturbing development".

UN troops patrol an area near the site of an attack on East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta (11/02/2008)

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has agreed to a "substantial and immediate" reinforcement of troops in the country and New Zealand troops are also on standby.

Portuguese troops Dili 11 February 2008

By nightfall, Portuguese troops were still on patrol in Dili, where the government has ordered a curfew until dawn.

Alfredo Reinado pictured 1 June 2006

Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado, killed during the attack on Mr Ramos-Horta, was among 600 mutinous soldiers dismissed by the government in 2006.

East Timorese President Jose Ramos-Horta (file photo)

Mr Ramos-Horta, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is a veteran of East Timorese politics who spent two decades in exile before leading the country to independence from Indonesia in 2002.



SEE ALSO
E Timor leader 'in induced coma'
11 Feb 08 |  Asia-Pacific
Profile: Jose Ramos-Horta
11 Feb 08 |  Asia-Pacific



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