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PROTEST BY CHRISTIANS TURNS INTO RIOT

A protest by thousands of Christians in eastern Indonesia turned into a riot Monday, and mobs angry about the recent burning of churches set fire to four mosques.

The rampaging crowds also burned a market, a Muslim school and a hostel for Islamic pilgrims in Kupang, a Christian-dominated city of 120,000, the military said. Several Muslim prayer rooms and other places of Islamic worship were also attacked, the official Antara news agency reported.

The violence came in retaliation for the burning and ransacking of 22 churches by Muslim mobs in the capital, Jakarta, on Nov. 22, when 14 people were killed.

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