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Aceh separatists free 22 hostages

Separatist rebels in the Indonesian province of Aceh have handed over 22 hostages to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). The captives were among more than 200 people detained by the Free Aceh Movement during a military operation launched against them last year. They were handed over to ICRC officials in a forest 60km (37 miles) west of the district capital Langsa. Martial law is to be lifted in Aceh on Wednesday, a year after it was imposed. The head of the Indonesian Red Cross, Marie Muhammad, confirmed the handover of the captives, saying: “This is the outcome of hard work by all sides.” Full Story

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