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Incident in Acheh, November 11-16, 2001

Reported mostly from North Acheh. There were many more incidents unreported throughout Acheh

 
NOVEMBER 17, 2001 (AT) Summary: Injure: 25; Critical: 48; Dead: 49; Missing: 26;  House burned: 10; Other looses approximately: Rp 483,000,000
 
n top all of these, reports by villagers in upper Panton Labu, North Acheh, saying there are many corpses laying in the field after an assault by TNI tanks on 14 Nov. 2001. TNI has changed their assault tactic. In that case, TNI did not go directly to targets, but rather fired HMG (heavy machine gun) from distance towards anything they suspect. At least 15 farmers who were working in their farmland were killed. When the families came to collect the deads, TNI forbade them saying let those deads decompose for they are AGAMs. In fact, none among the deads was AGAM. However, PMI later today only able to evacuated 2 corpses and it has no idea where the rest of corpses are.

Single hit, major casualty On 14 Nov. 2001, there were big gathering at army hq at Jungka Gajah Meurah Mulia, North Acheh. TNI from several posts gathered there after conducting milops. They did not return to their respective posts because flood (due to heavy rain) has put the posts submerged. At 1900 hours local time, at the dusk, a group of 4 AGAM launched one home-made rocket (modification of RPG-7 round) towards the TNI gathering at the army hq (Koramil) Jungka Gajah. Direct hit has flattened a half of the hq and sent the roof afloat in the sky. Apparently, the rocket has subsequently detonated a bomb (maybe seized bomb) in the hq. Two big explosions were heard. One from the rocket and the other from the bomb. TNI denied this attack, but paramedics informed us at least 18 personnel confirmed dead and 26 others were critically injured. The deads were later evacuated to Kruenggeukuh port, while some of the injureds were rescued to Medan by choppers.

There were also some clashes throughout Acheh in which a total of 3 AGAM personnel were killed. In these fights the casualty on TNI side were usually higher although they never admit it; when they did, it was usually underreported.

 
  By Jean Michel Hara  
THE atjeh times
     
   

 
 
 
Remarks: From 18 October 2001. Cumulative number of victims and material loss as of 16 Nov. 2001, 1930 hours. This list is not exhaustive. Incidents reported here mostly from North Acheh. Data from other part of Acheh is being compiled.

Abbrev.  NO = NonOrganic; AP = Army Post; Brimob = Police Mobile Brigade; Gegana = Police Special Squad; res = resident of, vlg = Village

Type of Incident

Location

Date & Approx. Hour

Perpetrator/ Party Involved

Chronology

Victim's Name and Address

As of 11 November 2001 (previous report):

Pillage

Uteuen Bayi, Lhokseumawe

11 Nov. 2001

1430 Hours

NO TNI AP Lr. III Tumpok Teungoh, Lhokseumawe

Mil. Op and search in the vlg. TNI looted electronics and destroyed furniture

Putra Wahyudi Muhammad, 30,m, idem location

         

Wife of above, fainted

       

In the same incident, TNI destroyed furniture and took away home deposit Rp 300.000 belonging to a child

Safiah Hanum, 30, f, idem location, a widow

         

Mutia Agustina, 9, f, daughter of Safiah Hanum

       

In the same incident, TNI destroyed furniture, looted a radio

Nasir Tgk. Hanafiah, 39, m, idem location

       

In the same incident, TNI destroyed furniture. A wife who newly having a baby shocked and underwent severe bleeding a radio

Syamsuddin Harun, 50, m, idem location

         

Wife of above

Disappearance

Near regency office in Lhokseumawe

12 Nov. 2001

1200 Hours

TNI Kopassus

Kopassus in a jeep abducted a civilian. Vct whereabouts unknown

Juliansyah Yusuf, 28, m, res of Mon Geudong Lsm

Armed Clash

Simpang Peuet vlg, Simp Kramat, Lhokseumawe

13 Nov. 2001

0630 Hours

NO TNI Joint Forces: Bat 507 Rajawali, Bat 411 Kostrad, Koramil 02 Kuta Makmur vs. AGAM

Clashed. One AGAM personnel killed. TNI casualty unknown

Zubir, 26, m, AGAM, res Jamboe vlg, Blang Mangat, North Acheh

Armed Clash

Jungka Gajah, Meurah Mulia, North Acheh

14 Nov. 2001

1900 Hours

AGAM vs NO TNI AP Koramil Meurah Mulia and else

A blow from AGAM. Several batches of TNI gathered at the post after returning from op. AGAM launched a single RPG-7 and exploded in the mid of the TNI crowd and also detonated a seized bomb

Unconfirmed. According to paramedics there were many hit. At least 18 killed and 26 wounded

Torture

Neuheuen, Siren Tujoh, and Teumpeun vlgs, Meurah Mulia, North Acheh

15 Nov. 2001

0630 Hours

NO TNI AP Koramil Meurah Mulia enforced by Kopassus from Lhokseumawe

After RPG attack by AGAM, TNI conducted mil op in the nearby villages where they tortured villagers they found

In Siren Tujoh vlg:

         

Adami Kasem, 21, m

         

Mahyar M. Aji, 20, m

         

Dainiah Bidin, 32, f

         

Dalikha Kasem, 24, f

         

Suryani M. Amin, 16, f

         

Nuraini Hasan, 18, f

         

Anna M. Daud, 15, f

         

A. Rafiq Jacob, 37, m

         

Iskandar Abdullah, 40, m

         

In Teumpeun:

         

Jaffar M. Thayeb, 23, m

Arson and Pillage

Siren Tujoh vlgs, Meurah Mulia, North Acheh

15 Nov. 2001

0630 Hours

 

From above: TNI also looted and torched a house belonging to Rasyadan Tgk. Kasem, 32, m who has been disappeared in the hand of TNI on 09 Nov. 2001 (see previous report)

Rasyadan Tgk. Kasem's family

Killing

In a river in Nisam, North Acheh

15 Nov. 2001

1000 Hours

NO TNI AP Koramil Nisam

TNI swept the area spotting a boy crossing river and shot him dead

Zakir Ishak, 19, m

Disappearance

Tumpok Teungoh, Lhokseumawe

15 Nov. 2001

1700 Hours

NO Brimob Polsek Banda Sakti

The vct was beaten and arrested at home by police without producing warrant. When vct family checked at the polsek, police denied the arrest.

Iskandar, 50, m, res idem location

Disappearance

Nisam, North Acheh

15 Nov. 2001

1000 Hours

NO Brimob Cot Sabong Nisam

Arrested by Brimob without warrant. Police blatantly denied having arrested him.

Musnil Mustapha, 25, m, res Seuneubok, Nisam

Disappearance

Geulumpang Sulu, Dewantara, North Acheh

16 Nov. 2001

1300 Hour

NO Brimo Polsek Dewantara

idem

Edian, 22, res idem location

Disappearance

Nisam, North Acheh

16 Nov. 2001

1000 Hours

NO Brimob Cot Sabong Nisam

Arrested by Brimob without warrant. Police blatantly denied having arrested him.

Tarmizi Ismail, 16, m, res Binje vlg, Nisam

Killing

Keudee Bayu, North Acheh

Arrested:

14 Nov. 2001

1400 Hours 

Found dead:

16 Nov. 2001

0800 Hours

Police's Gegana (special force) from Old Harbour Lhokseumawe

Vct was playing chess when arrested by Gegana who came there by minibus Suzuki Carry Reg. # BL 44 KC.

He was found dead bearing heavy torture signs and gunshot wounds on 16 Nov. in Panggoi vlg laid near fish pool. Evacuated by PMI.

Zulkifli Bundi, 45, m, res of Beunot, Bayu, North Acheh

Torture and looting

Nisam, North Acheh

16 Nov. 2001

0900 Hours

NO TNI AP Nisam

On Meugang day, a day before entering Ramadhan, when many Achenese slaughter livestock and sell them to markets, a platoon of TNI ran amock in the market and beat 4 people to disperse other merchants. All meat sellers as well as customers dispersed away for safety. The TNI took the opportunity to loot everything left. When the merchants came back to the location at 1300 hours, only a few meat left. Approx loss Rp 55,000,000

Muslem, 26, m, res Binje vlg, Nisam

         

Muzakkir, 21, m, res Blang Rimeh vlg, Nisam

         

Ilyas, 27, m, res Alue Jeungkai vlg, Nisam

         

Munawar, 26, m, res Blang Rimeh vlg, Nisam

         

About twenty meat sellers (ids being identified) lost their merchandises

Killing

Krueng Mane, North Acheh

Corpse found:

16 Nov. 2001

0650 Hours

Unknown

Dwellers found a corpse in a football field behind TNI hq in Krueng Mane. Evacuated by PMI

Amiruddin, 44, res Sawang vlg, Samudra, North Acheh

Killing

Buket Bayah vlg, Jambo Aye, North Acheh

16 Nov. 2001

NO TNI

Patrolling TNI shot dead 2 passersby, unprovoked. Corpses evacuated by PMI to Cempedak Public Health Center

Hasbi, 17, m, res Biram Rayek, Jambo Aye

         

M. Jafar, 35, m, Lhok Meureubo, Jambo Aye, North Acheh

 Other Conditions of the Victims

Victim's Status

Arsonage/Dstr

Other Losses

Injured

Critical

Dead

Missing

House

Shop

Items

Approx Value

18

13

25

21

9

   

Rp 262,815,000

           

Unspecified electronics and furniture

Rp 14,000,000

1

             
           

Furniture

Rp 4,500,000

             

Rp 300,000

           

Furniture and radio

Rp 5,500,000

           

Furniture

Rp 6,000,000

 

1

           
     

1

       
   

1

         
 

26

18

         
               
 

1

           
 

1

           
 

1

           

1

             

1

             
 

1

           
 

1

           
 

1

           
 

1

           
               
 

1

           
       

1

 

House and Electronics

Rp 98,000,000

   

1

         
     

1

       
     

1

       
     

1

       
     

1

       
   

1

         

1

             

1

             

1

             

1

             
           

Meats

Rp 55,000,000

   

1

         
   

1

         
   

1

         

25

48

49

26

10

   

Rp 483,000,000

    Jean Michel Hara is one of the Acheh Times' contributors.
     
   

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