Probe into Aceh 'killings'
The Indonesian authorities say they are investigating claims that soldiers have killed civilians in their offensive against separatist rebels in the Indonesian province of Aceh. People have reported beatings and shootings by government troops who are moving from village to village hunting for members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). Indonesian Red Cross officials say they have found 80 corpses since the military offensive began six days ago – although it is not known if they are civilians or fighters. It also says food is running out in parts of the province – echoing the United Nations warning of a looming humanitarian crisis. An Indonesian army spokesman reportedly said an inquiry into the conduct of its troops would be carried out by two soldiers and two journalists from the Indonesian publication Tempo. He said the probe had been sparked by media reports of the killings, and the military justice system would be used against any wrong-doers. Full Story