INDONESIAN POLICE KILL ALLEGED PAPUA REBEL

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, April 11) – Indonesian police say they have killed a separatist rebel and arrested eight others in a raid on a village in Papua province.

The head of the Puncak Jaya district police, Hans Somnaikubun, told the state Antara news agency that the eight rebels were captured in a pre-dawn raid on a house in the town of Mulia.

The report says that three others escaped, one of which was shot and killed.

The raid followed a tip on the whereabouts of a small splinter group of the Free Papua Organisation which police claim had been planning an attack on the town’s small airport.

No firearms were found among those arrested.

April 12, 2005

Radio New Zealand International: www.rnzi.com

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