4 Jul 2012

Shootings in Papua amid flag dispute

2:30 pm on 4 July 2012

There are unconfirmed reports that up to nine villagers have been shot by Indonesian soldiers in the remote area or Arso near Papua's border with Papua New Guinea.

West Papua Media reports that a village chief was shot dead by soldiers.

It says that the chief had gone to the local army base to report the village would not be raising the banned Morning Star flag during July the 1st commemorations.

He was allegedly shot when returning to the village.

Other villagers who had gone to investigate the shooting were also shot and wounded.

It is believed they are being held as suspected members of the separatist Free Papua Movement.