Three killed in attack on Papua police station

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from Agence France-Presse
Published on 27 Nov 2012

11/27/2012 05:19 GMT

TIMIKA, Indonesia, Nov 27, 2012 (AFP) - Separatist gunmen attacked a police station Tuesday in Indonesia's restive Papua province, killing three officers and setting the complex alight, police said.

Around 50 gunmen, said by police to be members of the separatist Free Papua Movement, attacked the Pirime police station in the town of Wamena, provincial police spokesman I Gde Sumarta told AFP.

"There was an attack on Tuesday on Pirime police station, which resulted in the death of three police officers," he said via text message, adding that investigations are ongoing.

"A shootout broke out between police and the gunmen, who have since fled to the mountains," he said.

The Pirime police chief and another officer were found dead in their barracks, while a third was killed as he prepared to raise the Indonesian flag, Sumatra said.

The police station was set alight and the officers' bodies were charred.

Gun attacks are not uncommon in resource-rich Papua, where poorly-armed separatist groups have for decades fought a low-level insurgency on behalf of the mostly ethnic Melanesian population.

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