Ethnic violence in Indonesia 'leave 10 dead'

Residents carrying wooden sticks on motorcycles during clashes in Lampung, 29 October 2012 Ethnic violence erupted in Lampung over the weekend

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At least 10 people have been killed and thousands evacuated after ethnic clashes erupted in two villages in Indonesia's Lampung province.

Hundreds of homes were also destroyed during the clashes, which began over the weekend.

The violence was sparked after men from Balinuraga village allegedly taunted two women from Agom village.

More than 2000 police have been sent to contain the unrest in the region.

Residents of surrounding villages wielding machetes and other weapons on Monday attacked Balinuraga village, which is mostly inhabited by ethnic Balinese, local reports say.

There has been a long-standing hostility between ethnic Lampung people and migrant communities of Balinese descent in the province on the island of Sumatra.

A Lampung police spokesman said that tension has eased in the area, adding that the mob involved in the clashes had been dispersed.

In a press conference before leaving for his official trip to London, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang-Yudhoyono said that public co-operation was needed to resolve communal conflict.

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