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THE ACHEH TIMEScoverage, the latest report summary

Brimob kill five villagers in Suak Bilie village, Seunagan West Acheh

 
Five villagers were shot dead by members of Brimob, the crack forces of the Indonesian police, following an operation to hunt down members of GAM. The killings occurred in Suak Bilie village, Seunagan, West Acheh on 23 March.
 
 
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'Twenty villagers were arrested, made to stand in a row and asked whether they were members of GAM or of GAM's women's wing, Inoeng Balee. The villagers were struck with rifle butts, kicked, punched and assaulted in the most sensitive parts of the body.'   OCAL RESIDENT TOLD AN NGO monitoring group, the Public Opinion Team, that five trucks full of Brimob forces, accompanied by an armoured personnel carrier, arrived in the vicinity from the direction of Peulekung village, Seunagan where they had been conducting an operation to hunt members of GAM. The trucks were carrying thirty men each.

When they reached the village of Suak Bilie, they started to intimidate a number of men and women who were working in the rice fields. When the troops started shoot in the air, the villagers fled in fear, looking for protection.
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Twenty villagers were arrested, made to stand in a row and asked whether they were members of GAM or of GAM's women's wing, Inoeng Balee. The villagers were struck with rifle butts, kicked, punched and assaulted in the most sensitive parts of the body. This maltreatment went on from 12.30 until 2.30 in the afternoon.

The troops then opened fire and five of the villagers were killed. They were:

1. Muji Zulfaijir bin Anwar, born in 1982, just out of third grade SMA, from Suak Bilie. One of his fingers had been ripped off, and his body was covered in wounds after having been dragged along an asphalt road.

2. Murtala, born in 1977, farmer from Suak Bilie. The victim's skull had been broken, after being run over by one of the Brimob trucks, and his brains had spilled onto the ground. There were also four bullet wounds in his body.

3. Malikul Kamal, born in 1977, farmer from Suak Bilie. There were found bullet wounds in his chest.

4. Bustami Arifin, born in 1977, farmer from Alue Kambuk. There were four bullet wounds in his body. Shortly before the incident, this victim had met the investigation team and told them about the security situation in Suak Bilie village.

5. Supriyadi. S, born in1982, mechanic. His body was removed by the Brimob and was later found in Meulaboh Hospital.

One woman and two men were wounded and traumatised by the experience. One woman, Siti, had been thrown onto one of the trucks but later taken off. Nawi 27, lost consciousness and suffered from trauma. Leci, 30, also lost conscousness and suffered from trauma.

Tapol in London with Tim Opini Publik in Acheh contributed this report.

 

 

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