E. Timor: Soldiers fire on police, killing nine

May 26, 2006 04:50


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Soldiers fired on unarmed police in East Timor's capital on Friday, killing nine and wounding 27, as international troops struggled to end fighting that has threatened to plunge the world's youngest country back into civil war. Members of the tiny nation's 800-member army suspected the policemen of allying themselves with a band of about 600 dismissed soldiers who have engaged in days of deadly clashes with the army in Dili. An hour-long attack on the national police headquarters Thursday ended only after UN police and military advisers negotiated a cease-fire with the Timorese soldiers under which the police officers were to surrender their weapons and leave the building.

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