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DATE=9/23/1999 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT TITLE=EAST TIMOR INCIDENTS NUMBER=2-254235 BYLINE=AMY BICKERS DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: Australian troops in East Timor came under fire Thursday, for the first time since international peacekeepers were deployed there to restore order. Amy Bickers has more from Jakarta. TEXT: Snipers in East Timor's capital fired at Australian soldiers in one of several shooting incidents reported Thursday. An Australian battalion commander says there have been no reports of casualties, but he says the bursts of automatic gunfire sent dozens of people scurrying for cover. In the first incident, gunmen fired from trees near a house commandeered by the Australians. Shots were also fired near a sports stadium where dozens of refugees are seeking protection from pro-Indonesia militias. More shooting was heard near Dili's harbor, where peacekeepers and their supplies are unloaded. The shooting incidents are the first reported in Dili's city center since international peacekeepers arrived this week. Their mission is to restore security after a wave of bloodshed following a referendum in which most of the territory's residents voted for independence from Indonesia. (signed) NEB/AB/FC 23-Sep-1999 02:45 AM LOC (23-Sep-1999 0645 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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