4 Sep 2006

Third tribe involved in fighting in Indonesian province of Papua

10:32 am on 4 September 2006

A third tribe has joined the violence in a renewed inter-tribal conflict in

Indonesia's Papua province, which has already claimed three lives.

Local police say the third tribe became involved after one of its members

was inadvertently hurt by an arrow during violence between the initial

warring tribes.

The officer did not name the tribe but said hundreds took to the street, armed with bows and arrows and machetes.

AFP reports that the local police chief declared an evening curfew in the town

of Timika last night.

Renewed open tribal war between the Dani and Damal tribes has erupted three times since early August.