Subject: Militias kill Xanana Gusmao's father
Date: Thu, 9 Sep 1999 16:19:43 EDT

Militias kill E.Timor leader's father-agency

LISBON, Sept 9 (Reuters) - The father of Xanana Gusmao, leader of the East Timor independence movement, has been killed by pro-Jakarta militiamen, the Portuguese news agency Lusa reported on Thursday.

But the charismatic resistance chief, who was released on Tuesday after six years in Indonesian jails, has still not been told, Lusa said, quoting a resistance source.

In a report from Jakarta, the agency said that Manuel Gusmao, 82, was killed on Wednesday in Dili where militias have run amok since the territory voted overwhelmingly for independence in a United Nations-organised ballot last week.

``The father of Xanana Gusmao was found dead,'' the source was quoted as saying.

Lusa said that the U.N. mission in Dili, which is besieged by the militias, had been seeking word of the whereabouts of the former teacher after he went missing six days ago.

Hundreds of people have died in violence since the U.N. announced last Saturday that the territory had voted to break away from Indonesia after 23 years of often brutal rule.

Tens of thousands of others have sought refuge in the mountains of the former Portuguese territory, annexed by Indonesia in 1976 in a move never recognised by the international community.

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