2 Aug 2013

Another reported death from shooting in Papua's Puncak Jaya

8:11 am on 2 August 2013

A man has been shot dead amid an exchange of gunfire in the Puncak Jaya regency of Indonesia's Papua province.

Tabloid Jubi reports the head of Papua Police, Commander Gede Sumerta, saying that police had been deployed to the area to deal with armed criminal groups.

Several Papuans are reported to have been injured and one killed in the shooting exchange in Mulia District.

It is the same area where reports from rights activists and church groups in May claimed that up to forty Papuans had been executed in a mass killing by Indonesian security forces.

The reports were dismissed by Indonesian authorities but a reported increase in the security forces deployment in the area is being linked to casualties.