19 Mar 2014

Indonesian security forces kill suspected separatist

6:18 am on 19 March 2014

A joint police and Indonesian military patrol has reportedly killed a suspected separatist and arrested four others in Papua province.

The Papua Police chief Inspector General Tito Karnavian is quoted in Indonesian media as saying the patrol encountered a group of illegally armed men in Kota Mulia, a regency of Puncak Jaya.

He says the group started shooting at the patrol which security forces claim included West Papuan separatists.

General Karnavian says that in the ensuing shootout, one of the illegally armed men was wounded in the encounter and died en route to a local hospital, adding that two of four had also been injured.