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Police Say Aceh Latest Shooting No Related To The Polls

BANDA ACEH, (TAG) – Aceh police chief, Ins. Gen. Iskandar Hasan, said Wednesday that the latest shooting occurred in east Aceh district over the weekend no relating to the coming local polls, as it’s believed to be personal matters.


On Sunday evening, Asnawi Abdul Rahman’s house in Peureulak sub-district of east Aceh fired by unidentified gunmen. No one injured in the incident as Asnawi’s family was not at home on that night.
Asnawi is a campaign team of Aceh gubernatorial candidate Irwandi Yusuf in the area. He’s known as a former Free Aceh Movement (GAM) fighter. After peace agreement reached between GAM and Indonesia government in 2005 to end almost 30 year armed conflict in the province, he became as the contractor businessman.
According to local police earlier, some four suspects which covering their faces, approached the house by riding two motorcycles.  The penetrators stood outside the fence and began firing at the empty house that suffered minor damages. 
Asnawi was also known as former spokesman of Aceh Transitional Committee (KPA) in Peureulak area. Residents told local journalists that they heard some 20 shootings that caused residents’ afraid to go out as the incident took place at around 8:30 p.m.
“The shooting’s a warning given to the victim because he was asked to pay his debts many times,” Iskandar said, adding that police still investigating to find the penetrators.
Iskandar believed the shooting was pure crime and was not linked to the local polls to choose governor, four mayors and 13 districts' chief that scheduled April 9. “Based on the investigation led to personal matters, so it’s not related to the coming elections,” he said. 
Iskandar mentioned that Aceh province is still a safe place. “We call on people to work together in maintaining the peaceful situation here,” he said. 
The lead-up to the Aceh polls has also been marred by a spate of unresolved shootings and fire-bombings that the House of Representatives has warned are politically motivated and should not be treated as normal crimes.
So far, police in Aceh still working hard to resolve the shootings that claimed six lives since last December.[]
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