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Security forces kill one Timorese rebel and capture 14 others

Lusa - July 4, 1997

Dili – Indonesian securities forces have killed one East Timorese guerilla member and captured 14 others during an operation on Wednesday in Curusa, 145 km of the capital Dili, a military spokesman has said. He told reporters on Thursday that these rebels were part of the group headed by second-in-command guerilla leader, David Alex, whose death after a gunbattle with Indonesian troops was recently announced by the authorities. The Indonesian army has intensified a military offensive in East Timor following several attacks by the local guerilla during and in the aftermath of the Indonesian parliamentary elections on May 29. Indonesia invaded East Timor in 1975 and annexed it one year later but the United Nations still regards Portugal as the territory's administering power.