Thu, 27 May 2004

240 Brimob officers return home from Aceh

BANDUNG: After six months of serving in conflict-torn Aceh, 240 officers of the police's Mobile Brigade returned to their hometown of Bandung, West Java, on Wednesday, where they were greeted by family and friends.

West Java Police deputy chief Sr. Comr. Ras'jif Sofian greeted the 240 officers, saying he welcomed the change of status in Aceh.

A state of civil emergency was declared in Aceh last Wednesday after one year of martial law, which was imposed to quell the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) that has been fighting for independence since 1976,

Ras'jif, however, told the Mobile Brigade officers they should be ready anytime duty called. --Antara