21 Jun 2013

More suspects named in Papua police station fire

3:27 pm on 21 June 2013

Papua Police have named another two suspects over the burning down of an Indonesian police station, bringing the number of suspects to eight.

According to the Jakarta Globe, a Papua police spokesman Gede Sumerta Jaya says the attack on the station in Pegunungan Bintang had cost 2.9 million US dollars.

Both men were charged for mob violence and arson, and one was also charged for theft, and the other charged with provoking a civil disturbance.

The Globe reports police found darts in the area that were used to shoot the police and a kerosene drum used to burn down the station.

A mob armed with machetes and arrows rounded on the station on Sunday, setting the building and several vehicles ablaze after claims police beat an intoxicated man.

Three vehicles and 25 motorcycles were destroyed by fire, with nine police officers, one army officer and two civilians said to be injured.