OPM leader Kwalik dies after shooting incident
Updated at 5:14 pm on 16 December 2009
A senior leader of the separatist Free Papua Organisation in Indonesia, Kelly Kwalik, has died after being shot in a raid by security forces.
The Jakarta Post says the Papua police spokesman, Senior Commander Agus Riyanto, has confirmed that Kelly Kwalik was shot during a raid at one of his hiding places in Gorong-Gorong in the city of Timika.
Police say he was carrying a gun when he was shot by an officer.
The rebel leader later died in hospital in Timika.
Earlier this year, Papua police held a meeting with Kelly Kwalik in connection with a series of armed attacks targeting US-based gold miner PT Freeport Indonesia.
He rejected any responsibility for the attacks.
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