27 Aug 2015

Attempt to smuggle bullets to Papua foiled

7:36 am on 27 August 2015

Indonesian police have foiled an attempt to smuggle close to 3,000 bullets and shells to Papua.

Bullets and shells

Bullets and shells Photo: Supplied

A Jakarta police spokesperson says they are still investigating the case, but it's suspected the ammunition had been ordered by Papuan separatists.

The police say the ammunition was found without proper paperwork on Monday, and was ready to be dispatched to Papua.

After arresting the man who checked in the baggage, the police say they learned that a Papua separatist group member had ordered the bullets.

The ammunition is now being kept at the airport while investigations continue.