East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta wounded in attack on his home, army spokesman says

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By GUIDO GOULART

Associated Press Writer

DILI, East Timor (AP) -- East Timor President and Nobel Peace Prize winner Jose Ramos-Horta was wounded in an attack on his home Monday by renegade soldiers, an army spokesman said.

An Associated Press reporter at the scene said Ramos-Horta was taken away in an ambulance to a hospital run by Australian troops. It was unclear what condition Ramos-Horta was in, army spokesman Maj. Domingos da Camara said.

One of Ramos-Horta's guards was killed in the attack, he said.

Two cars passed Ramos-Horta's house on the outskirts of the capital, Dili, at around 7 a.m. local time and began shooting, da Camara said. A rebel soldier wanted on murder charges for a flare up of violence in 2006, was killed in a shootout with guards, he said.

Alfredo Reinado Reinado was indicted for his alleged role in several deadly shootings between the rebel army troops and police units in April and May that year. The fighting spilled over into mayhem that left 37 people dead and drove 155,000 others from their homes.

Calm was restored by foreign troops and peaceful elections were held in which Ramos-Horta was elected president, but low-level violence had continued.

The country is now policed by the United Nations, but security in the capital was handed over to Timorese police this month.

East Timor, a former Portuguese colony, gained independence in 2002 after more than two decades of brutal Indonesian occupation. Its new political leaders have vowed to tackle rampant poverty and restore damaged relations between the country's police and army.

Ramos-Horta shared the 1996 Nobel Peace Prize with countryman Bishop Carlos Belo for leading a nonviolent struggle against the Indonesian occupation.