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Jakarta Post

Four killed, dozens injured in latest Papua clash

  • Yuliasri Perdani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 30, 2013   /  08:02 pm

The recent murder of a councilor led to a clash between two groups of people at Ndunga Regency, Papua, on Thursday, claiming the lives of four people and injuring 26 others, a police official says.

'€œThe clash lasted around two hours. Four people, who are coming from the Elekma Bawah and the Elekma Atas groups, were killed, while 26 others from both groups were injured,'€ National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Agus Rianto said on Thursday.

Agus said the Papua Police had cordoned off the area to prevent another clash.

The clash broke out after Ndunga councilor Eka Tabuni was murdered on Jl Raya Hawai Sentani, Papua, on Wednesday evening. Eka was reportedly beaten and stabbed by three men identified as Letia Gwijangge, 36, Ijanus Wandikbo, 19, and Nanggaluk Ara, 25.

The three allegedly assaulted the councilor to avenge the death of a relative, Yustinus, who they believed Eka murdered.

Eka'€™s friends could not accept the killing and retaliated by gathering other friends to confront the three. Agus said the police had detained the three right for further questioning.(dic)

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