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Indonesia    WEST PAPUANS SEEK REFUGE IN CATHOLIC MISSION
Thousands of frightened people sheltered at a Catholic mission on Monday after as many as 40 people were killed in bloody clashes in a remote western New Guinea town, church officials said.
    On Friday and Saturday, mobs of tribesmen attacked dozens of settlers from elsewhere in Indonesia after police lowered a rebel flag and shot several separatist protesters to death.
    Some of the victims in Wamena town in West Papua province were beheaded or burned to death.
    Fr Tarsius Awe said families flocked to his mission on Saturday and wanted a security guarantee from police before returning home.
    "People are still scared to go out. There is fear and tension on the streets," he said from Wamena by telephone.
   
AP
   
10 Oct 00



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