Gunmen kill eight soldiers in Indonesia's Papua

Gunmen kill eight soldiers in Indonesia's Papua

Gunmen kill eight soldiers in Indonesia's Papua

Updated 22 February 2013, 20:05 AEST

Unidentified gunmen have shot dead eight soldiers and seriously wounded another in two separate incidents in Indonesia's Papua province.

Unidentified gunmen have shot dead eight soldiers and seriously wounded another in two separate incidents in Indonesia's Papua province.

Papua military spokesman Jansen Simanjuntak says the first incident took place in the district of Puncak Jaya, when an armed group opened fire on a military post in Tingginambut village, killing one soldier and injuring another.

The second attack occurred an hour later in the neighbouring district of Sinak, when armed attackers shot at nine soldiers walking to a nearby airport, killing seven.

Mr Simanjuntak says the perpetrators have not been identified.

Gun attacks are common in Papua, where poorly-armed separatists have for decades fought a low-level insurgency on behalf of the mostly ethnic Melanesian population.

The mountainous Puncak Jaya district is a known hideout for armed separatists.

AFP

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