19 Nov 2010

Mobile phone ringtone triggers Papua clash

2:32 pm on 19 November 2010

Indonesian police say they have arrested three men after two Papuan tribes clashed with machetes and arrows over a mobile phone ringtone.

Hundreds of Wamena tribesmen descended on members of the Yoka tribe in Jayapura, after learning that Yokas were sharing a ringtone which insulted Wamenas.

The ensuing clash reportedly left 23 houses burned to the ground, another 56 damaged and 12 vehicles set ablaze.

Police say no one was injured.