East Timor President Shot by Rebels
President Jose Ramos-Horta was shot in the stomach during a rebel attack Monday on his home, according to the Associated Press.
Ramos-Horta, also a Nobel Peace Prize winner, is undergoing surgery at an Australian military base in the capital Dili, according to reuters.com.
Rebel leader Alfredo Reinado was killed and an East Timor soldier was wounded in the 4:30 a.m. attack.
The country is policed by United Nations forces, except for the capital, which was handed over to Timorese police just this month.
In 1996 Ramos-Horta and Bishop Carlos Belo won the Nobel Peace Prize for the leadership in the nonviolent movement against more than two decades of Indonesian occupation. East Timor gained independence in 2002.
East Timor faced violence in 2006 that killed 37 people and forced 150,000 from their homes. Foreign troops were needed to restore order, reported reuters.com.
Reinado was charged with murder after he led a revolt against the government in 2006. Rebels loyal to him were involved in attacks against Australian troops near Dili earlier this month, according to reuters.com.