Two Indonesian policemen were shot dead on Saturday (03/12) in the latest deadly attack in Indonesia’s eastern-most province of Papua, police said.
Provincial police spokesman Wachyono said that an armed separatist group opened fire at paramilitary police in Puncak Jaya highland in central Papua.
“There had been an exchange of fire for about 30 minutes between police and the attackers,” he said. “We are still chasing the attackers.
Security forces say they are hunting separatist rebels in Papua province after two police were killed in an attack.
National Police spokesman Maj. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution says hundreds of troops have been deployed in the separatist stronghold of Puncak Jaya since the attack Saturday on paramilitary police.
In October Indonesia sent 260 paramilitary reinforcements to the highland, a known hub for Papuan separatists, after a local police chief was shot dead by a separatist group.
Last month, two suspected rebels grabbed a gun from a police chief at an airport in Puncak Jaya and shot him dead.
Papua, a former Dutch colony in the western part of New Guinea, was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot.(*WPNN)