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Indonesia kills 120 rebels in devastated Aceh, tsunami toll nears 220,000

Indonesia’s military said it had killed 120 separatist rebels over the past two weeks in tsunami-devastated Aceh province, despite pledges by both sides to focus on a massive relief effort rather than fighting. “Over the past two weeks we have been forced to kill 120 GAM (Free Aceh Movement) members and seized their weapons,” army chief General Ryamizard Ryacudu said, claiming they had been stealing relief supplies. GAM has declared its own ceasefire and both it and the Jakarta government have expressed interest in sitting down for peace talks after the disaster killed 166,760 people in Aceh and elsewhere in north Sumatra. Rebel spokesman Sofyan Daud said that only six of his men had actually been killed, insisting most of those killed by the military were civilians — a familiar but unverifiable claim by the insurgents. Full Story

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