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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, Oct. 14) – The Indonesian military says at least five workers have been killed after separatist guerrillas ambushed their vehicles in the province of Papua.

A military spokesman, Colonel Simanjuntak, says gunmen believed to be from the Free Papua Movement attacked a convoy of vehicles traveling in the remote Puncak region late on Tuesday night.

Six other workers escaped.

The victims were all non-Papuan Indonesians.

Colonel Simanjuntak says the attackers have destroyed bridges leading to the area and burned down a building.

He says authorities have evacuated about 800 people from villages in the area.

October 15, 2004

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