Subject: AFP: ETimor rebels hold 2 soldiers hostage
Date: Thu, 12 Nov 1998 15:25:14 +1200
From: sonny inbaraj <email@example.com> Organization: The AustralAsian
East Timor rebels hold two soldiers hostage, troops sent to hunt captors
JAKARTA, Nov 12 (AFP) - Troops in the troubled Indonesian territory of East Timor were hunting for rebels who killed three soldiers and were holding two hostage,, reports said Thursday.
East Timor military chief Colonel Tono Suratman said the troops were searching an eare in Alas sub-district, 200 kilometres (124 miles) south of here, the Jakarta Post daily said.
"ABRI (the Indonesian armed forces) will continue to hunt down the guerrillas. As long as they do not surrender, we will attack and arrest them," Suratman told journalists.
A gang of 50 men attacked a police post in Alas on Monday, killing three soldiers and abducting 13. One of the rebels was also killed
Suratman said the raiders, who had taken firearms and ammunition from the post, released 11 soldiers on Tuesday.
The military knew where the rebels were and would attempt to persuade them to surrender, he said.
"If they do not heed us, then we will attack them."
Monday's attack also left one of the attacker dead. The victims was identified as a local youth known to be troublesome.
The killings brought the number known killed in East Timor in the past two weeks to six soldiers and four civilians.
Indonesia invaded the former Portuguese colony in 1975 and annexed the territory the following year.
But the United Nations continues to regard Lisbon as the official administrator of East Timor and its secretary general has sponsored peace talks between Portugal and Indonesia since 1983.