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13 Local Officials Abducted, Aceh Rebels Say

Separatist rebels in the restive province of Aceh said Monday they have abducted 13 local civilian leaders for carrying out the military’s orders. Free Aceh Movement (GAM) local commander Ishak Daud claimed responsibility for the abduction. “They are now with us and the reason we have captured them is that they have respected the orders of the Indonesian military,” Ishak said as quoted by AFP. Indonesian authorities, who launched an all-out assault on the rebels and imposed martial law on May 19, have told village officials to issue temporary ID cards to residents after the separatists confiscated many of the regular cards. “We are detaining them to give them advice. Once we have given them this advice, then we will free them,” Daud said without giving a date. Full Story

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