11 Killed in Indonesia Rioting
Feb. 16, 1999
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) _ A shooting at an independence rally in the troubled Indonesian province of Aceh left at least 11 people dead and 24 others missing, a report said today.
The military had earlier said seven civilians were killed in the Feb. 3 clash in the East Aceh town of Idi Cut. Villagers claimed that those killed were shot by security forces.
Abdul Gani Nurdin, an official of Forum Peduli HAM, a local human rights group, was quoted as saying by the official Antara news agency that the latest reports they received said 11 people were killed and 24 had disappeared.
He said the missing were feared dead.
The violence broke out during a rally to support the Free Aceh Movement, a rebel group that has been fighting for an independent Islamic state in Aceh for decades.
Six bodies were found dumped in a nearby river where villagers had been searching for victims.
Nurdin said all of the missing villagers were residents from the nearby town of Kota Binjei. Idi Cut is about 230 miles east of Banda Aceh, the provincial capital.
Banda Aceh, on the tip of Sumatra island, is about 1,050 miles northwest of Jakarta.
The local military has set up a fact-finding team to investigate whether the victims were shot by soldiers or by separatist rebels.