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Indonesia assures tsunami workers after gunfire

Indonesia has sought to reassure Western relief workers after a gunfire incident in a major tsunami aid base, but some organisations say they are being vigilant in what they termed a zone of conflict. “The security operation conducted by Indonesia’s military and police will protect, secure the humanitarian efforts,” President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono told reporters on Sunday to allay any concern among hundreds of Western aid workers pouring in. Indonesia’s military beefed up security in Banda Aceh amid confusion over who was behind the brief burst of shooting. Some officials blamed separatist rebels, while others said a disturbed government soldier fired the shots. No one was hurt. The incident took place outside a deputy police chief’s house and near the main U.N. aid office in the capital of Aceh province on the island of Sumatra where almost all of Indonesia’s 104,000 deaths from the tsunami occurred. Full Story

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