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Timorese government creates military and police force to counter confrontations between rival groups

The Timorese government today created and tasked a joint force of the national armed forces and police to "suppress the criminal situation of individuals leading to social instability" in Dili since last Friday.

"As a result of the serious incidents that have occurred in recent days between individuals integrated into martial arts groups, and in particular the clashes that occurred yesterday, late in the evening of Sept. 5, in the city of Dili, the government has instructed the chiefs of staff of the police and the armed forces to form a joint "task force" to address the problem throughout the . . .

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