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Indonesian Bomb Blast Injures More Than 50 - 2002-07-27


An explosion in an Indonesia market has injured about 50 people. Police say it appears the blast in the divided town of Ambon was caused by a bomb, but they do not yet know who is responsible.

The blast occurred as people crowded the market in Ambon for early Saturday shopping. The injured included some children.

Ambon is the main city of Maluku province, more than 2,000 kilometers east of the Indonesian capital Jakarta. Muslim-Christian violence has wracked the Maluku islands for several years, claiming at least 5,000 lives.

Saturday's explosion is the most recent of a series of violent incidents that have marred a peace deal community leaders signed in February.

The police say no one has yet claimed responsibility for the bomb.

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