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DATE=5/4/99 TYPE=CORRESPONDENT REPORT NUMBER=2-248925 TITLE=INDONESIA/ ACEH (L-ONLY) BYLINE=JENNY GRANT DATELINE=JAKARTA CONTENT= VOICED AT: INTRO: THE HEAD OF THE INDONESIAN MILITARY HAS PROMISED A FULL INVESTIGATION INTO THE KILLING OF 23 CIVILIANS BY SOLDIERS IN THE PROVINCE OF ACEH. FROM JAKARTA, JENNY GRANT REPORTS A HEAVY MILITARY PRESENCE PATROLLED THE TOWN IN NORTHWESTERN INDONESIA, WHERE THE SHOOTINGS TOOK PLACE. TEXT: GENERAL WIRANTO TOLD JAKARTA'S SUARA PEMBARUAN AFTERNOON NEWSPAPER HE REGRETS THE SHOOTING, WHICH TOOK PLACE ON MONDAY IN PULO RUNGKOM VILLAGE, SOME 1600 KILOMETERS NORTH WEST OF JAKARTA. HE IS QUOTED AS PROMISING TO FULLY INVESTIGATE THE INCIDENT. THE TROUBLE BEGAN WHEN TROOPS ARRIVED TO SEARCH FOR TWO MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS WHO HAD BEEN TAKEN HOSTAGE BY RESIDENTS OF THE TOWN LAST WEEK. WITNESSES SAY THE SOLDIERS OPENED FIRE WITH LIVE ROUNDS INTO A CROWD OF THOUSANDS OF UNARMED CIVILIANS WHO TRIED TO BLOCK THEIR ENTRY INTO THE RESIDENTIAL AREA A STATEMENT FROM THE INDONESIAN MILITARY INFORMATION CENTER DISPUTES THAT ACCOUNT, SAYING PEOPLE IN THE CROWD FIRED FIRST AT THE SOLDIERS. RESIDENTS SAY HUNDREDS OF ARMED TROOPS PATROLLED THE STREETS OF PULO RUNGKOM AND NEARBY LHOKSEUMAWE ON TUESDAY. MILITARY HELICOPTERS FLEW OVER THE AREA. THE MILITARY SAYS IT IS STILL SEARCHING FOR THE TWO KIDNAPPED INTELLIGENCE OFFICERS. ACEH WAS DECLARED A MILITARY OPERATION AREA IN THE EARLY 1990S WHEN THOUSANDS OF SPECIAL FORCES TROOPS WERE BROUGHT IN TO BREAK UP THE FREE ACEH MOVEMENT REBELS. THE MILITARY WITHDREW THE TROOPS AND ENDED THE SPECIAL MILITARY OPERATION LAST AUGUST. GENERAL WIRANTO AND PRESIDENT HABIBIE HAVE BOTH APOLOGIZED TO THE ACEHNESE PEOPLE FOR YEARS OF MILITARY BRUTALITY. PRO INDEPENDENCE ELEMENTS IN ACEH ARE TRYING TO CONVINCE LOCAL RESIDENTS TO BOYCOTT THE UPCOMING ELECTIONS ON JUNE 7TH. THEY SAY ACEHNESE SHOULD VOTE ON A REFERENDUM FOR INDEPENDENCE AND NOT PARTICIPATE IN AN INDONESIAN NATIONAL ELECTION. (SIGNED) NEB/JG/FC/KL 04-May-99 7:26 AM EDT (1126 UTC) NNNN Source: Voice of America .





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