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Attack by Indonesia rebels puts aid workers on alert

The global effort to bring relief to countries devastated by the tsunami is under threat from the re-emergence of insurgencies in both Indonesia and Sri Lanka. Indonesia’s army stepped up security yesterday in Aceh following gunfire at the weekend in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, close to the UN’s main compound. Nobody was hurt. Police blamed separatist rebels of Gam, or the Free Aceh Movement, which has been fighting for independence from Jakarta for 25 years. “The security operation conducted by Indonesia’s military and police will protect and secure the humanitarian efforts,” said president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, to allay concerns for the safety of the hundreds of western aid workers pouring in. The shooting came after the army shot seven suspected rebels last week – on a beach in the coastal village of Lampook, which was destroyed by the tsunami and where around 6,000 people died. Both sides had agreed a ceasefire for the disaster, which killed at least 104,000 Indonesians. This appears to have broken down. Full Story

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