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CHOCO
Dec 5th, 2002, 02:30 PM
Two Dead in Blast at McDonald's in Indonesia
Thu December 5, 2002 10:10 AM ET

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An explosion ripped through a McDonald's restaurant in the eastern Indonesian city of Makassar Thursday, killing two people, police said.
"There were two blasts, the first at a McDonald's counter in Ratuh Indah mall. Two people died," police officer Rafael Sandy told Reuters by telephone from Makassar on Sulawesi island.

Two people were seriously wounded and several were slightly hurt, he said.

A second explosion, which caused no casualties, occurred about an hour later in a car showroom about three miles away, Sandy said.

The McDonald's explosion came at 6:55 p.m., shortly after the breaking of the Muslim fasting period for Ramadan, when the restaurant was busy.

Police were investigating whether the explosions were caused by bombs, Sandy said.

There have been clashes, including bomb attacks, between Muslims and Christians on parts of Sulawesi island and elsewhere in the sprawling, predominantly Muslim country in recent years.

The blasts came in the midst of an investigation of an October 12 bomb attack on the holiday island of Bali that killed at least 191 people, and which has been blamed on a regional Muslim militant group and the al Qaeda network.

Some bomb blasts in recent years have been blamed on separatist rebels and criminal gangs.

In the wake of the Bali blasts several Western governments warned their citizens about the danger of traveling in the country and the possible targeting of Western interests.

CHOCO
Dec 5th, 2002, 03:05 PM
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The first blast happened at a branch of McDonald's in a shopping mall.


Two killed in McDonald's blast
Thursday, December 5, 2002 Posted: 10:49 AM EST (1549 GMT)

JAKARTA, Indonesia (CNN) -- Two people were killed on Thursday in a blast at a McDonald's restaurant in the eastern Indonesian town of Makassar, police said.

Two people were also injured, according to a hospital official in the South Sulawesi capital that lies 1,000 miles east of the Indonesia capital of Jakarta.

The explosion happened at 6:45 p.m. local time (1300 GMT), followed by a second blast at 8 p.m a few miles away at a car showroom, but no injuries were reported there.

Police said they did not know the cause of the blasts nor whether they were connected. There was no claim of responsibility, The Associated Press quoted a local radio station as saying.

Bombings have become a regular feature of a continuing conflict between Muslims and Christians on Sulawesi island.

Since 1999, nearly 2,000 people have died in the fighting and tens of thousands left homeless.

A peace deal was signed late last year but violence has increased in recent months.

Attackers in Sulawesi rarely target Western interest like McDonald's, but following an October bomb attack in Bali that killed nearly 200 people, many Western governments have expressed fears of attacks on their citizens and issued travel warnings for Indonesia.