POSO - A 20-year-old woman died when a small bomb hidden inside a flashlight exploded in Indonesia's strife-torn Poso region in Central Sulawesi province, police said on Sunday.
The bomb went off when the woman turned on the flashlight lying outside her house in Kawua village late on Saturday. It was the second blast in Poso in a week. Last Wednesday, a 50-year-old man died when a bomb exploded in an empty building.
Police said they did not know if the bombings were connected with government plans to execute three Christian militants convicted for killing Muslims during earlier violence in the area. Poso was the scene of fighting between Muslims and Christians that killed around 2,000 people from 1998 to 2001 before a peace accord took effect. There have been sporadic outbreaks of violence and bombings since in the region.
Around 85 percent of Indonesia's 220 million people follow Islam and most of those Muslims are moderates but Islamic militancy is on the rise through small but vocal radical groups. Some areas in eastern Indonesia such as Poso have roughly equal proportions of Muslims and Christians.