A captured militia man has incriminated junior TNI officers, Jill Jolliffe reports from Atsabe, East Timor. The hamlet of Tiarlelo is only a few kilometres from Atsabe, itself 25kilometres from the border with West Timor, but the rough jungle track that leads to it emphasises its isolation. When well-armed, masked assailants struck Tiarlelo at nightfall on January 4, it was close enough for gunfire to be heard in the town, but distant enough for it to be cut off from help. When police arrived at first light, they found one man dead and three people wounded, including two children. In a simultaneous attack at Laubuno, 14kilometres away, two were killed and several wounded. Four more bodies have been found since, leaving a death toll of seven. Full Story
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