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Mass Graves of Civilians Killed by Aceh Rebels Found, Military Says

Indonesia’s military said Wednesday it has found mass graves believed to contain the bodies of civilians killed by separatist rebels in Aceh province. The excavation on one of the four mass graves, in the grounds of an abandoned Islamic boarding school in the village of Alue Pisang in West Aceh, started on Sunday and had so far unearthed two corpses, said Col. Geerhan Lantara, a district military commander. Indonesia on May 19 launched a major military offensive against the separatist Free Aceh Movement (GAM). The head of the Raudatul Ulum boarding school, a man called Tengku Taharuddin or Abu Taha, was arrested by the military early last month on suspicion of being a GAM “police chief” in the area, Lantara told AFP. Full Story

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