INTERNATIONAL

Fourteen Aceh rebels killed

LHOKSEUMAWE (Indonesia): Government troops shot dead 14 rebels and a soldier was wounded in clashes in the Indonesian province of Aceh, where the Government has launched a campaign against a 27-year separatist insurgency, the military said on Sunday. Four rebels were gunned down in a firefight at dawn on Sunday in East Aceh, said a spokesman for the military operation. A private was seriously wounded in the gunbattle and was evacuated to Lhokseumawe, North Aceh's capital, Basuki told reporters. Ten rebels were killed and seven were captured either in gunbattles or raids across the region on Saturday, the military added. The Free Aceh Movement has been fighting since 1976 for an independent state in oil- and gas-rich Aceh on the northern tip of Sumatra island. About 12,000 people, mostly civilians, have died in the conflict in the past decade.

AP