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Explosion in Tense Indonesian Province Kills 8


Indonesian police say a bomb exploded in a crowded market in the restive province of Central Sulawesi, killing at least eight people and wounding 48 others.

Authorities say the blast occurred early today-Saturday at a market selling pork ahead of New Year celebrations in the town of Palu. Police say the homemade bomb went off in a Christian part of the town, but that it is too early to know if the explosion was linked to the sectarian violence that has plagued Central Sulawesi.

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono condemned the blast, and has ordered an investigation.

In October, unidentified assailants beheaded three Christian teenage girls in Central Sulawesi. Two other girls, a Muslim and a Christian, were seriously wounded by gun-wielding assailants in the province in November.

Information for this report is provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.

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