5 Dec 2011

Security forces hunt Papuan separatists following fatal shooting

11:18 am on 5 December 2011

Security forces say they are hunting separatist rebels in Indonesia's restive Papua province after two police were killed in an attack.

A police spokesman says an unidentified armed group opened fire at paramilitary police in Puncak Jaya highland in central Papua.

Two policemen died after being shot in the head and another was injured in the thigh.

The Jakarta Post reports the national police spokesman Major General Saud Usman Nasution as saying hundreds of troops have been deployed in Puncak Jaya since the attack.