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Three shot dead in Indonesia's Aceh ahead of elections

Published on Apr 1, 2014 4:35 PM
 
Supporters carry the dead body of an Aceh Party supporter during a funeral in Biruen, Aceh province on Tuesday, April 1, 2014, who was killed after two men on a motorcycle opened fire on a small van decorated with pictures of election candidates from the Aceh Party, which dominates local politics. Gunmen riding a motorcycle have shot dead three people including a toddler in Indonesia's Aceh, police said on Tuesday, the latest violence in the western province before legislative elections next week. -- PHOTO: AFP

BANDA ACEH (AFP) - Gunmen riding a motorcycle have shot dead three people including a toddler in Indonesia's Aceh, police said on Tuesday, the latest violence in the western province before legislative elections next week.

The victims were killed late Monday when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on a small van decorated with pictures of election candidates from the Aceh Party, which dominates local politics.

Police said it was not clear who the gunmen were although there has been an upsurge in politically-linked attacks ahead of the April 9 polls.

The violence highlighted that security remains fragile in Aceh, on the northernmost tip of Sumatra island, almost a decade after a peace deal ended a 30-year separatist insurgency in the province that left some 25,000 people dead.

 
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