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JAKARTA (JP): Communal clashes in Sampit, Central Kalimantan, which have already claimed hundreds of lives, spread to the capital of Palangkaraya on Sunday.
Groups of men armed with traditional mandau swords and wearing red headbands -- said to be Dayaks -- ransacked and looted houses in several parts of Palangkaraya before setting them on fire.
"Several burning buildings were to be seen on Jl. Diponegoro, Jl. Dr. Murjani and Jl. Sisingamangaraja. Abandoned houses and shops were also looted," a local journalist said as quoted by Antara.
No immediate casualties were reported in this latest outbreak of violence. Palangkaraya lies some 220 kilometers east of Sampit, the site of a bloody pogrom perpetrated mostly by indigenous Dayak people against migrant Madurese settlers. Some 5,000 migrants have fled their homes in the town due to fears of an escalation in the …