29 Aug 2016

Police station fire following teen's death in Papua

11:42 am on 29 August 2016

A police office in the restive Indonesian province of Papua was burned down on Saturday night in a riot following the killing of 15-year-old in an incident involving police earlier in the day.

Indonesian police at a demonstration in the Papuan region

Indonesian police turn out in force to respond to public disturbances. Photo: Supplied / Whens Tebay

The Jarkarta Globe reports that Etinus Sondegau was killed but police refused to confirm if their bullets were the cause.

It said officers had chased three people into a local market in Sugapa after receiving reports the three had threatened members of the public and were intoxicated.

The police allegedly fired shots during the chase.

A mob reportedly formed and arrived at the Sugapa Police office in Intan Jaya, carrying the boy's body.

The station was set alight, and the local airport and mobile phone tower were closed.

The Papua Police chief Inspector General Paulus Waterpauw said the situation had been brought under control.

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