MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, Sept. 3) - Police in the Indonesian province of Papua say they have arrested a suspect in the fatal stabbing of two migrants in the town of Timika.

The murders followed several days of bloody clashes sparked by the declaration of a new province in the territory, but police say the incidents are unrelated.

A Papua police spokesman says police are still hunting for three other men over the killing of the two migrants and the stabbing of four others in Timika on Sunday.

All six victims were drivers of motorcycle taxis and were settlers from other parts of Indonesia.

The violence heightened tension in the town between supporters and opponents of the new province.

Last week, four people were killed in several days of clashes after the declaration of the new province.

The bloodshed prompted the central government to shelve the plan.

September 4, 2003

Radio Australia: www.abc.net.au/ra 


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