SOLOMONS INFORMANT: 16 BURIED IN MASS GRAVES

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SYDNEY, Australia (ABC News Online, Aug. 16) - Former Solomon
Islands rebel commander, Andrew Hese, said warlord Harold Keke's followers have
buried six Anglican missionaries and 10 other men in two separate graves.

Hese said the missionaries were killed because they were spying
for the Government.

He said 10 men from the island of Malaita, who traveled to
Keke's stronghold last year on a secret mission to arrest the warlord, had also
been killed and buried in a mass grave.

The Solomon Islands Government has denied sending men to arrest
Keke or that the missionaries were spies.

Acting police commissioner Ben McDevitt said the Australian-led
intervention force will investigate the claims once it has rounded up illegal
firearms and restored peace to the islands.

August 18, 2003

ABC News Online: www.abc.net.au

 

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