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Aceh Party Politician and Business Woman Shot Dead in Bireuen  Tapol
 May 17, 2012 08:24 PDT 

From Joyo


The Jakarta Globe
May 16, 2012

Aceh Party Politician and Business Woman Shot Dead in Bireuen

by Nurdin Hasan

Banda Aceh. Aceh Party politician Syukri Abdullah and his female
business colleague were shot dead on Tuesday night as they were
driving through the district of Bireuen to their respective homes in
the neighboring province of Lhokseumawe. A third passenger in the
victim's vehicle sustained minor injuries.

Syukri, 36, and Cut Yetti, 39, were shot dead near the village of Paya
Rangkuloh at around midnight on Tuesday.

“The perpetrator drove a minivan in front of the victim’s automobile
and fired shots,” Gustav Leo, a spokesman for the Aceh police, told
the Jakarta Globe on Wednesday.

The victims were in the front seats of a Honda CRV — a third
passenger, Yetti’s nephew T. Muhammad Yasir, 16, was injured from
pieces of shattered glass.

Aceh Party spokesman Fachrul Razi said Syukri was a secretary to the
party’s Lhokseumawe branch, and the commander of the Lhokseumawe
branch of the Aceh Transitional Committee, the body set up to
accommodate former members of the now-defunct rebel group Free Aceh
Movement (GAM) — the local Aceh Party was formed by former GAM
guerillas.

Gustav believes the shooter used an AK-47 rifle, and said police found
a number of bullets at the crime scene. But police have yet to say how
many assailants were involved.

“We suspect that the perpetrator had been following the victim several
hours before the shooting,” Gustav said.

Gustav could not speculate on a possible motive, but said that the
killing did not seem political because Syukri was not involved in any
immediate elections.

"The motive seems personal, but we are still working on the case,” he added.

A number of shootings — many of them fatal — were reported in Aceh
ahead of April's elections for provincial heads, district leaders and
their deputies.

Bireuen will hold a separate election to select the new district and
the deputy next month.

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