18 Jun 2013

Papua police station burnt down following police brutality report

10:21 am on 18 June 2013

Hundreds of residents attacked and burned down a police station in Indonesia's Papua province following a rumor that a police officer had beaten a drunk resident.

A Papua Police spokesman says two officers attempting to disperse the mob in Oksibil on Sunday suffered head injuries after being pelted with stones

He says locals heard a rumor that a local had been beaten by an officer but he adds the officer had beeing trying to arrest the drunk man who resisted and then fought with the officer.

Armed with traditional weapons, the villagers then attacked the police station and set it ablaze. The mob also damaged two police cars and 25 motorcycles.

High ranking police officers and reinforcements have arrived in Oksibil following the arson attack.

In July 2007, the same police station was damaged by angry residents following the death of a civil servant, who had been taken into custody for drunk and disorderly behavior.