7 Die in Indonesian Riot
January 18, 1999

Yahoo! News

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) - Rival gang members attacked each other with bows and arrows in a three-day riot in eastern Indonesia that killed seven people, police and a news report said today.

Rioting broke out on Friday following a brawl between two gangs in Dobo, the capital of Aru Island in Southeast Maluku regency, said local police chief Lt. Col. Simson Monte.

The official Antara news agency said four people were killed by arrows, and a fifth was stabbed to death with a knife. It was unclear how the other two died.

Aru Island, off the western coast of New Guinea, is about 1,875 miles east of Jakarta.

Monte said about 140 security personnel were deployed from other islands and had restored calm today.