19 May 2003

Indonesian troops say they have shot dead two suspected separatist rebels in Papua

9:34 am on 19 May 2003

Indonesian troops say they have shot dead two suspected separatist rebels in Papua province.

The two suspected Free Papua Organisation, or OPM, members were killed in separate skirmishes in the Koyawage forest in the Central Highlands.

The Australian Associated Press quotes the Papua military commander ,Major General Nurdin Zainal, was saying troops had also seized a M-16 automatic rifle.

It was said to be one of 29 firearms stolen in a raid on a military armory in the town of Wamena in early April.