28 Jun 2013

Three dead in Papua following attack

10:14 am on 28 June 2013

Three people were killed in Indonesia's restive eastern region of Papua earlier this week in an attack claimed by separatists during which a soldier was shot dead and a civilian killed.

Police told Global Post online that a third civilian died after jumping into a ravine while trying to escape the ambush in the Puncak Jaya district.

Tuesday's attack was claimed by a local leader of the separatist Free Papua Movement who said only members of the security forces were killed, not civilians.

In February suspected OPM gunmen killed eight soldiers in an attack in Puncak Jaya, known as a militant hideout, in one of the most serious assaults on security forces in the region's recent history.