Two dead in latest Aceh
BANDA ACEH, Aceh
(JP): Violence in troubled Aceh continued on Tuesday, claiming two
fatalities and injuring eight people, including three police personnel,
officers and activists said on Wednesday.
Operation Cinta Meunasah deputy chief Supt. Yatim Suyatmo said a
resident of Cot Ara village in Simpang Tiga district in Pidie regency was
shot dead by rebels of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) who were riding a
The motive of the
killing remained unclear and the two suspects managed to leave the scene,
Aceh Police Supt. Abadan Bangko said a dead man later, identified as
Yusuf Mahadir, was found by residents floating in a river in Loskala
village. His body was riddled with bullets.
police are still investigating the case," he said.
In another related
development, Students Against Violence coordinator Zulkarnaini said that
five residents of Simpang Aneuh area in East Aceh regency were severely
injured after being assaulted by local police officers on Tuesday
Simpang Aneuh locals were reportedly abducted by the police,"
When asked, East Aceh
Police chief Supt. Abdullah Hayati denied the allegation, saying that his
men went to Simpang Aneuh to seize a vehicle belonging to GAM and had
made no arrests at all.
identified one of the wounded police personnel as Mobile Brigade Pvt.
Sriyatno from the Jambo Aye substation.
"He is in a
critical condition at a local health center after being stabbed from
behind by a GAM rebel in Kedai Panton Labu village, North Aceh regency,
on Tuesday evening," he said.
The victim and his
colleague Pvt. Rahmat Suryana were on their way to buy meals at a nearby
food stall, some 100 meters from the substation when the incident took
"It was raining
that night and the two had to take shelter in front of a store, when
suddenly a man approached and pointed a knife at his stomach," he
said, adding that Rahmat fired warning shots to scatter the assailant and
his gang members.
Suyatmo added that
Sriyatno attempted to fight back at the assailant but was wounded in the
shots at the assailants but they were able to escape," he said,
adding that two residents who were closing their stores had been injured
in the incident.
The two other police
personnel, both from the Mobile Brigade unit, were injured when a
homemade bomb exploded in front of the Trumon Police substation in South
Aceh when the officers were conducting a vehicle check in the area on
Tuesday, according to South Aceh Police chief Supt. Muhammad Ali Husain.
"The police were
checking a bus when suddenly a homemade bomb was thrown at the police.
The perpetrators disappeared into the crowd," he said, adding that
the perpetrators were armed civilians. (50/lup)