BANDA ACEH - human rights group says more than 170 civilians have become casualties in the first month of Indonesia's military offensive against separatist rebels in Aceh province. The Commission on Missing Persons and Victims of Violence said 176 civilians in 12 districts in Aceh had become victims of "extrajudicial killings." It said another 150 civilians had either been arrested or assaulted while 15 others had gone missing.
The Jakarta-based rights group said it based its report on compiled media reports and its own investigations. The Indonesian military is in its second month of a major offensive against the Free Aceh Movement. The report did not name any party responsible for the killings or human rights abuse. Both the military and the rebels have accused each other of human rights violations in the current offensive.