Members of the army of East Timor have attacked police headquarters in the capital, Dili. The armed forces accuse the police of allying themselves with a group of rebel soldiers.
Ten people died when troops opened fire on unarmed police officers who were being escorted out of their compound following a ceasefire negotiated with UN police and military advisers.
A house on the outskirts of the capital belonging to the Home Security Minister was torched by a mob on Thursday.
Six charred bodies, including those of two young children and three teenagers were found in the house today. The current unrest was sparked off in March when 40 per cent of East Timor’s army was fired following a strike to protest against poor conditions.
Tens of thousands of people have fled the capital since the violence began.
Foreign troops have already started to be deployed in the tiny country to try and quell the unrest.
Australia, Portugal, Malaysia and New Zealand have agreed to send soldiers to East Timor. The foreign troops are due to move into key sites in the capital over the next few days.