4 Feb 2008

Papuan villager shot and killed by Indonesian military patrol

11:34 am on 4 February 2008

A Papuan villager has been shot and killed by soldiers on a routine military patrol in Wamena in the Indonesian province of Papua

The Chief of the Puncak Jaya Police told the Jakarta Post that Omenggan Wonda was shot by a soldier from after he emerged from a house carrying a machete.

The officer said the victim was inside a house with about 16

other young people.

He said the patrolling soldiers went to investigate the

gathering, ordering those inside the house to open the windows.

When they refused the order, soldiers fired three warning shots.

The spokesman for the Cendrawasih Military Command in Papua said the soldier who fired the fatal shots would be prosecuted in a military court if the shooting was found to have violated military procedure.