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Australia concerned by soldiers' killings in Papua

Australia concerned by soldiers' killings in Papua

Australia concerned by soldiers' killings in Papua

Updated 22 February 2013, 18:50 AEDT

The Australian Government has sent condolences to the families of eight Indonesian soldiers killed by separatists in the country's Papua region yesterday.

Indonesia's chief security minister Djoko Suyanto says two different groups are thought to be responsible for the attacks.

A gunman in the Puncak Jaya region killed one soldier and Mr Djoko says intelligence suggests the shooter was part of a group led by a man called Goliat Tabuni.

In another attack, seven soldiers were killed at the Sinak Military Resort Command.

Australia's Ambassador to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty, has released a statement expressing deep concern, adding the violence is detrimental for the people of Papua and West Papua.

Mr Moriarty also conveyed condolences to the victims' families on behalf of Australia.