1 Dead, Up To 16 Injured In Alleged Police Shooting In West Papua

Mobile Brigade Corps reportedly fired indiscriminately to break of group angry after man who drowned was not assisted

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, Aug. 3, 2017) – Reports from West Papua say one man is dead and up to 16 people have been injured in a police shooting.

The local newspaper Tabloid Jubi reported seven children were among those who were injured in the incident in Deiyai district on Tuesday.

Four of the injured were airlifted to hospital in Nabire on Wednesday according to a human rights lawyer who deals with West Papua.

Tabloid Jubi reported the security forces were called to deal with a group who were complaining a company hadn't assisted when a man needed help to get to hospital after drowning.

The group of friends reportedly wanted to borrow a car from a company building a bridge in the area, but workers refused and the man later died on the way to hospital.

The lawyer Veronica Koman spoke to an eye witness to the shooting and has seen photos of the injured.

"The company called Brimob (Mobile Brigade Corps). Brimob is a special taskforce of police and Brimob taskforce came and just shooting at people. As a lawyer I think it's not proportional, even if they were angry but it's not necessary to shoot randomly at people. Like children got injured."

A local official, West Tigi District Chief, Frans Bobii, confirmed the incident according to Tabloid Jubi.

The paper reported a local police commander said police officers were stoned by the group and they fired warning shots into the air.

A police spokesman Kombes Kamal told Tabloid Jubi the victim's family came to the project site and beat one of the project workers.

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