Wed, 03 Sep 2003

Mob burns two offices in East Luwu

MAKASSAR, South Sulawesi: Police said on Tuesday that a mob attacked a police post and the Soroako village head's office in East Luwu regency, South Sulawesi.

The attackers set fire to the two offices on Monday, damaging the buildings and destroying documents.

It is thought the violence was triggered by the beating of a villager, Damir, 26, by two intoxicated police officers in Soroako, some 600 kilometers from the provincial capital of Makassar.

South Sulawesi Police chief Insp. Gen. Jusuf Manggabarani said Damir was beaten by Second Brig. Haerul and Second Brig. Heri during a traditional ceremony held to celebrate the country's 58th Independence Day.

The mob attacked the police post and the adjacent village head's office after police officers refused to hand over Haerul and Heri to them, Jusuf said, adding that some Rp 300 million in damages had been caused.

Jusuf said he had ordered the East Luwu Police to take action against the two officers responsible for beating Damir. --JP

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Student in coma after suicide attempt

BANDUNG: A 12-year-old student has been in a coma for 12 days after attempting to kill himself at his home in Garut regency, West Java.

Heryanto is being treated at Hasan Sadikin Hospital in the West Java capital of Bandung. The elementary school student from Garut Kota subdistrict had been treated at Dr. Slamet Hospital in Garut until being transferred to Bandung on Aug. 25.

He attempted to commit suicide on Aug. 22 by hanging himself with a plastic cable. He was reportedly upset because his teacher had asked him to pay Rp 2,500 (30 US cents) for school equipment, but his parents could not afford the money.

Dr. Suganda Tanuwidjaja, who is treating the patient at Hasan Sadikin Hospital, said Heryanto was suffering from oedema cerebrikini due to a lack of oxygen to the brain.

This could lead to "intelligence degradation", paralysis and other disabilities if the patient recovers from the coma, he said.

Heryanto's case has caught the attention of senior government officials, including West Java Governor Danny Setiawan and Yogyakarta Governor Hamengkubuwono X, who have visited him in the hospital. --JP

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Malaria hits 11 regencies in C. Java

SEMARANG: Eleven of 35 regencies in Central Java are dealing with a malaria outbreak, but there have been no reported deaths from the mosquito-borne disease, provincial health office head Krishnajaya said here on Tuesday.

"We have been successful in fighting malaria from year to year. In 2002, there were 13 regencies affected by the disease and this year it is only 11 regencies," he said.

The 11 regencies are Purworejo, Banjarnegara, Wonosobo, Magelang, Kebumen, Purbalingga, Banyumas, Cilacap, Jepara, Pemalang and Pekalongan.

Krishnajaya said that since 2002, his office had not received any reports of deaths caused by the disease, which is carried by the aedes aegypty mosquito.

There were two malaria-related deaths reported two years ago, he added.

In Pemalang, malaria cases have been reported in two villages in one subdistrict. Krishnajaya declined to name the villages.

"In the near future, the two villages will be free of malaria. It is important we teach local residents how to implement the PSN (mosquito eradication) program." --JP