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Fourteen killed in Aceh's latest violence BANDA ACEH - Fourteen people, including a policeman and 11 suspected separatist rebels, were killed in the latest violence to hit the restive Indonesian province of Acheh, police and the military said Monday. Troops shot dead one rebel and confiscated one rifle and one grenade launcher after two successive clashes in Tiro, Pidie district, on Monday, Acheh Military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ahmad Yani Basuki said.
Also on Monday, troops arrested a police deserter who had joined the separatist Free Acheh Movement (GAM) in Gampong Jeumpa in Pidie district, while another suspected rebel was arrested in Jeunib, Bireun district, Basuki said. A member of the elite police paramilitary Brimob unit was shot dead and another seriously injured in a clash with GAM rebels in Sungaimas, West Acheh, on Sunday, Acheh Police spokesman Senior Commissioner Sayed Husainy said.
Police hunting the rebels after the clash had another exchange of gunfire nearby and later found three dead rebels, Husainy said. The injured policeman had gunshot wounds in the head and the right leg, and was flown to a hospital in Medan, the capital of neighbouring North Sumatra province, Husainy said. Troops shot dead four suspected GAM guerrillas in a clash in the Geulumpang Lhoknga area of Acheh Besar district on Sunday, Basuki said.
One automatic rifle and ammunition were seized from one of the dead. Three soldiers were also wounded in clash with rebels in Seunagan, West Acheh, on Sunday, Basuki said. Earlier on the same day, troops raiding a suspected GAM hideout in Seulimum, also in Acheh Besar district, shot dead a rebel. The soldiers there found more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.
West Acheh district police chief Muchtar Harun said that troops shot dead two rebels in a clash in Arongan Lambalek late on Sunday evening. Meanwhile, villagers in Kejuruan Muda, East Acheh district, found two bodies with signs of severe torture. Their identities remain unknown. The military said that as of early Sunday, the number of rebels who have been killed since the government launched a massive operation in Acheh on May 19 stood at 870.
More than 1,800 have been captured or had surrendered, he added. The military had lost 47 soldiers while 15 police had also been killed. Acheh police have said that at least 319 civilians have been killed since May 19 while 108 are missing. They did not say which side was to blame for the casualties.



Posted in Aceh conflict @ 16 September 2003 00:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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