Published February 21, 2013
JAYAPURA, Indonesia – Unidentified gunmen have shot and killed seven people in two separate attacks against the Indonesian army in the easternmost province of Papua.
Military spokesman Rear Adm. Iskandar Sitompul says assailants armed with guns and machetes ambushed an army vehicle Thursday, killing four soldiers and two civilians.
He says an attack earlier Thursday on an army post in the same area killed one soldier and wounded another.
It is believed the same group of more than 20 gunmen was responsible for both attacks.
The former Dutch colony of Papua was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969. The poorly armed Free Papua Movement has battled for independence since then.