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3 killed in fresh violence in Indonesia’s Papua

JAKARTA: Three people have been killed in Indonesia’s restive Papua region with police saying the victims were civilians, while a rebel group that took responsibility said they were undercover intelligence officers. The clash comes as Indonesian president Joko Widodo on Sunday was to visit the restive region, after months of mass demonstrations and deadly unrest. Police said rebels killed three motorbike taxi drivers on Friday in Intan Jaya, a central region in Indonesia’s easternmost territory. Papua Police Spokesman Ahmad Mustofa Kamal said that two of the victims were shot while one was stabbed to death. The West Papua National Liberation Army claimed responsibility, but said they shot and killed three undercover agents in an exchange of gunfire with Indonesian troops. Neither the military nor the separatist movement’s claims could be independently verified.

AFP


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