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69 Dead After Week of War in Aceh

The death toll continues to climb in the war against the Free Aceh Movement (GAM), with two rebels and one soldier killed on Sunday, bringing the total number of casualties to 69 since the campaign began last Monday. In the provincial capital Banda Aceh, police authorities announced on Sunday they had arrested 17 people, including 12 student activists, for their alleged involvement in the separatist movement. Meanwhile, military authorities said the Aceh administration would issue new ID cards for Acehnese to differentiate them with GAM rebels. Soldiers patrolling Paranggui village in the GAM stronghold of Bireuen regency killed two GAM members as they attempted to flee on a motorcycle on Sunday. Platoon commander Second Lt. R. Suprapto said the two rebels had been wanted so “we tried to stop them when we accidentally bumped into them”. Full Story

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