30 Apr 2013

Villagers concerned about PNG/Indonesian border incident

7:10 pm on 30 April 2013

Villagers in Papua New Guinea's West Sepik province, near the Indonesian border, are reportedly concerned for their safety following an incident between Indonesian soldiers and local youths.

The Wutung Village Councillor, Raphael Tungla, says a village youth was shot by Indonesian soldiers at a border post last Friday.

The newspaper, The National, says the incident was related to drug-smuggling and an Indonesian soldier was injured during the confrontation.

A person has been arrested on the Indonesian side of the border suspected of operating a smuggling business with the Wutung youths.

Mr Tungla says villagers are living in fear and have restricted activities, such as shopping and fishing, on the Indonesian side of the border.

He says the villagers are waiting for government officials to take the matter up with Indonesian officers so their lives can return to normal.