Search for Timor-Leste's fugitive rebel leader continues

Australian troops supported by helicopters and armored vehicles continued their search for fugitive Timor-Leste's rebel leader Alfredo Reinado Monday.

The Australian-led international troops on Sunday failed to capture Reinado, who escaped from a prison in the capital of Dili last year.

The rebel leader still remains on the run in the rugged hills around Same, south of Dili.

Four of his supporters were killed in Sunday's raid.

Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer has said the hunt for Reinado will continue.

"Obviously they will endeavor to capture him alive. Every effort will be made to achieve that but I think the best advice I could give to Major Reinado is to surrender," Downer was quoted by Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio as saying Monday.

Meanwhile, the Australian embassy in Jakarta has been the target of protests by hundreds of supporters of Reinado.

The protesters targeted government vehicles and burnt tires on the street, shouting "Long live Reinado," ABC radio reported Monday.

The UN mission in Timor-Leste has described the security situation around the country as tense but quiet.

Source: Xinhua



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