Jan 10, 2005

Mujahidin start to Pour over the Border into Aceh

Further to our report on 5 January "Thousands of Mujahidin on the way to Aceh", we have word this afternoon that mujahhidin from Java the Islamic Defenders Front and Laksar Mujahhidin having already arrived in Sumatra, have now crossed over into Aceh late last night and early this morning.

Despite Gerakan Acheh Merdeka (GAM) leaders exiled in Sweden issuing a statement last night deploring the arrival of mujahidin, we have SMS reports that several members of GAM are now in fact coordinating their efforts with both the Islamic Defenders Front and Laksar Mujahidin to assist in relief operations.

These developments have prompted the Indonesian government to restrict all foreigners to the cities of Banda Aceh and Meulaboh where the Indonesian government forces have control.

more details coming as soon as they become available...

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