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Indonesian troops kill German in Aceh, wound his companion

Indonesian soldiers have shot dead a German who was travelling on a tourist visa in conflict-hit Aceh province and have injured his female German companion, the military said. Top security minister Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono expressed concern and ordered a speedy investigation of the incident in Aceh, where the army is mounting a major assault against separatist rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). A man identified as Luther Hendrik Albert, 54, was shot dead and his companion Elizabeth Margaret, 49, was shot in the knee after troops opened fire in the west of the province at 9:00 pm Wednesday (1400 GMT), the military said. The head of the military operation in Aceh, Brigadier General Bambang Darmono, said the couple was travelling on tourist visas but had not registered with police in the province at the tip of Sumatra island. Full Story

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