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31 in Aceh Reportedly Killed by Gunmen

August 10, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Thirty-one people were killed in an attack on a palm oil plantation in Indonesia, police officials and separatist rebels said. Each accused the other of carrying out the assault.

Lt. Col. Sad Harunantyo, a police spokesman, said the raid on the plantation in eastern Aceh, at the northern end of the island of Sumatra, was carried out by members of the Free Aceh Movement. He said all the victims were plantation employees.

Amri Abdul Wahab, a rebel leader in northern Aceh, said the attack was carried out by soldiers who rounded up and machine-gunned the unarmed villagers.

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