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11 Die in Sunk Indonesian Ship

February 4, 2001

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ A ship carrying Muslim refugees sank Sunday off eastern Indonesia’s Maluku islands, killing 11 people and leaving 11 others missing, police said.

The Leo Star II capsized in huge waves Sunday morning after leaving the North Maluku capital of Tenate bound north for Galela on the province’s main island of Halmahera, police said.

The wooden vessel was believed to be carrying at least 80 people. Fifty-eight people were rescued, an officer said.

The refugees were among thousands who have fled their homes amid fighting between Muslims and Christian in Maluku islands, which lie about 1,440 miles northeast of Indonesia’s capital, Jakarta.

In July, another ship packed with refugees, mostly Christians, sank in the region, but searchers failed to find any trace of the roughly 481 passengers.

Religious violence in Maluku province has claimed at least 5,000 lives since January 1999.

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