- The Washington Times - Friday, May 24, 2002

Violence kills 10 in Aceh province

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia Ten persons, including a separatist rebel, were killed in renewed violence in Indonesia's troubled Aceh province, the military and insurgents said yesterday.

Residents in Lhokseumawe said elite police troops yesterday fatally shot three civilians there. No immediate confirmation was available from police.

Brimob troops on Wednesday killed an individual suspected of belonging to the Free Aceh Movement during a raid on a hide-out in East Aceh, police spokesman Adjunct Commissioner Suparwoto said.

Abu Sayyaf figure seized in Mindanao

GENERAL SANTOS, Philippines Police said yesterday they had arrested a leader of a Muslim guerrilla group linked to the al Qaeda network on suspicion of masterminding a bombing that killed 15 persons.

Noor Mohammad Umog, arrested Wednesday in Cotabato City on Mindanao island, was a leading member of the Abu Sayyaf rebel group that is holding an American couple hostage, police said.

Philippine and U.S. officials have linked the Abu Sayyaf Muslim rebels to Saudi-born dissident Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network.

Sihanouk asks regime to defend borders

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia King Norodom Sihanouk made an impassioned plea yesterday for the government to get tough on border encroachment by neighboring countries.

The 79-year-old monarch said that the constitution calls him the protector of Cambodia's territorial integrity but said that he is powerless to prevent the country from being "swallowed" and "badly treated" by its neighbors.

Vietnam detains cop, suspends a prosecutor

HANOI Vietnam has detained another senior policemen and suspended a prosecutor in a crackdown on a notorious mafia gang that has already netted several other senior officers and state officials.

State-run Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper said Wednesday that Nguyen Manh Trung, Ho Chi Minh City's deputy chief of detectives, has been detained on suspicion of taking kickbacks from crime boss Truong Van Cam, nicknamed "Nam Cam."

Weekly notes

Paul Fujimura, the U.S. State Department's counterterrorism officer for East Asia and the Pacific, said yesterday there was evidence that Osama bin Laden's al Qaeda terrorist network had established a toehold in Indonesia. In a two-way video conference with reporters in Australia, Mr. Fujimura in Washington said the fragmented geography of Indonesia which has thousands of islands and the presence of terrorist sympathizers was ideal for al Qaeda militants. Australians and New Zealanders in Singapore will attend a memorial service today for the last veteran of the World War I battle of Gallipoli, the Australian High Commission said yesterday. Alec Campbell, who died in Australia last week at age 103, is believed to be the last of about 50,000 Australians and New Zealanders who fought in the 1915 battle at Gallipoli, Turkey.

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