JAKARTA, Sept. 12 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia's Coordinating Minister for Politics, Legal and Security Affairs Djoko Suyanto said on Monday that the death toll from the fresh riots in Ambon, capital city of eastern Indonesian Maluku, has reached 5.
"I will not tell you from which group the victims were. But as of now, from the reports that I received the death toll has reached 5 people," Djoko told reporters in the presidential palace here.
Earlier reports said that the death toll from the sectarian riot in Ambon has hit 3 people.
Government has deployed at least 400 anti-riot police to the restive areas in Ambon on Monday.
About 24 people were reported suffered from major injuries and 65 others suffered from minor injuries during the riot. It also had forced more than a hundred people flee from their houses, local media reported.
Djoko said that the riot was incited by provoking test messages that circulated among the people living in Ambon following the death of a motorbike taxi driver on Saturday which the text said that he was beaten to death by people from certain religious group.
However, local Police learned that the death of the motorbike taxi driver was due to a traffic accident.
Ambon saw a sectarian violence in early 2000 that made thousands of people from Muslim and Christianity groups died.