Armed pro-Jakarta militiamen ambushed five nuns attempting to go from western Timor to East Timor, forcing them to return to Atambua.
    The incident on Wednesday last week was the second occurrence in which the Daughters of the Queen of the Rosary sisters tried to go from Atambua, Indonesia, to the East Timor capital of Dili. An attempt two days earlier was also thwarted by militia.
    On Wednesday, armed men came out of the bush and stopped the car the sisters were travelling in 12km kilometers north of Atambua. The militiamen ransacked bags, took valuables and accused the sisters of supporting East Timor independence.
    Bishop Antonius Pain Ratu of Atambua strongly condemned the militia action and urged the Indonesian government to close all militia camps.
25 Aug 00

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