JAKARTA, Indonesia — At least 34 people were killed when a band of Muslim militants launched a seaborne raid on a Christian village in the eastern Indonesian province of North Molucca, officials said Friday.
Brig. Gen. Max Tamaela, chief of the local military district, said more than 70 people were injured.
"According to latest reports, 32 people were killed Thursday and two others on Friday," Tamaela said. "The situation now is under control."
Rudy Indago, an official at a Seventh-day Adventist Church in the provincial capital, Ternate, said 26 Christians died in the violence in remote Galela district on the island of Halmahera. The official Antara news agency said eight of the attackers were among the dead.
Halmahera is the largest island in North Molucca, 1,600 miles northeast of Jakarta.
Indago said the fighting began with a predawn attack on the Christian village of Mamuya by armed Muslim extremists who arrived by boat.