Two men killed in deadly tribal clash in Indonesia
June 19, 2012, 12:31 am TWN
MIMIKA, Indonesia -- Two tribesmen were killed when rival groups armed with bows and arrows clashed in Indonesia's restive Papua province on Monday, police said.
The clash, which also left one person critically injured, broke out in the morning between around 500 men wearing matching striped shorts and tribal jewelry, said an AFP correspondent who saw four police struck by arrows. Four vehicles, including an armored police truck, were torched in the violence.
"Two people have died and one is in critical condition," Mimika district police operations head Syamsul Ridwan told AFP. "They were hit with arrows, but we need to await autopsy results to be sure of the cause of death."
The dead were from Kampung Harapan, he said, whose inhabitants regularly clash with the people of Kampung Amole.
Police had been unable to control the situation, he said, and were "overwhelmed" by the number of armed men.