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Aceh peace monitor investigates shootings that killed 1.

JAKARTA, July 4 Kyodo

The Aceh Monitoring Mission said Tuesday it is investigating an incident in northern Aceh in which unidentified assailants shot dead a man and injured two others.

It said all AMN monitors who were present at the incident in Keude Paya Bakong village in Northern Aceh Regency have been confirmed safe.

''This serious incident will be further investigated and raised in the Commission on Security clarify the facts and ascertain the law has been respected,'' Pieter Feith, the AMM head of mission, said in a statement.

Feith also said that the AMM will also ascertain that ''no undue interference by the TNI (Indonesian Armed Forces) in law enforcement has occurred, nor any excessive use of force has been applied, and that disciplinary measures will be taken.''

Sofyan Dawood, the spokesman of the Aceh Transitional Committee, whose members are former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebels, told Kyodo News that the dead man and the two injured men are former GAM rebels.

He said the incident occurred after the three were stopped by Indonesian military personnel while riding on a motorcycle.

''We hope that the investigation of the incident could be completed soon, and the perpetrator is processed in accordance with the law,'' Dawood said.

Violence has been stopped since Indonesia and GAM signed a peace agreement in Helsinki, Finland, in August last year, ending a 29-year-old guerrilla war waged by GAM to separate the oil-rich province from Indonesia.

The AMM is a civilian mission comprising monitors from the European Union and five members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
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Date:Jul 10, 2006
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