Norwegian National Gunned Down in Indonesia

Police in Indonesia are investigating the fatal shooting of a Norwegian national, who was visiting his home town in Aceh. Police are still searching for the shooter.

Jakarta Globe reporting on the case tells that the victim is the 45-year-old Hanafiah Ahmad, a man of Acehnese descent who had sought political asylum in Norway and gained Norwegian nationality.

North Aceh Police chief of detectives Adj. Comr. Erlin Tang Jaya tells that Hanafiah had been shot twice in the back, most likely with an AK-47 assault rifle, while he was watching a football game on television with other locals at a small coffee stall on the side of a road in the Dayah Keude Aron village of Syamtalira Aron subdistrict in North Aceh early Monday morning.

“One of the bullets exited from his chest, the other from his right eye. We found shell casings from an AK-47,” Erlin told the Jakarta Globe. “He had just arrived a few days ago in this village. He had been in Norway for 12 years.”

Separately, a local, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that the shooter had arrived at the scene in an Toyota Avanza van.

Police officers arrived on the scene shortly after the shooting. The body was taken to the Cut Meutia General Hospital for a postmortem examination.

“For the past six months he had been in Medan,” said one villager, “he had just arrived at this village two days ago, and while he was here there was nothing special; he had good relations with all the locals.”

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