|Indonesia||EIGHT KILLED IN ACEH, CHURCH TORCHED IN MOLUCCAS|
Police gunned down eight men in Indonesia's western province of Aceh while mobs torched a Catholic church in the Moluccas at the other end of the vast archipelago, residents and police said.
Aceh residents said police wrongly identified the eight men as members of the Free Aceh Movement, fighting for independence from Indonesia, and shot them dead outside their homes in a village near the city of Lhokseumawe.
The Catholic church was torched at Ahuru, around 4 km outside the Moluccas' provincial capital Ambon a day after at least 17 people died when Christians and Muslims clashed in the city.
''So far we haven't heard about casualties,'' a local journalist told Reuters by phone Ambon, about 2300 km east of Jakarta.
Thousands have died in religious violence that has spread across the fabled spice islands after first breaking out in Ambon in January 1999.