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4 killed in clash in Indonesia’s Papua province

December 9, 2014

JAYAPURA, Indonesia (AP) — A clash between security forces and local residents has left at least four people dead in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua, police said Tuesday.

Ten other people were wounded in the clash, which took place Monday in Enarotali, the capital of Paniai District, said local police chief Maj. Gen. Yotje Mende.

Four people, including three high school students, were killed by gunfire during the clash, but it was unclear who fired the shots, Mende said, adding that an investigation was underway.

The incident was sparked by another clash late Sunday between a group of soldiers and local youngsters. That clash started when the youths reprimanded a soldier who was riding a motorcycle without the headlights on, said Papua police spokesman Col. Sulistyo Pudjo.

That prompted hundreds of local residents to attack military and police stations in the area and set a local election office on fire early Monday, he said.

Papua, a former Dutch colony in the western part of the island of New Guinea, was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969.

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