18 Apr 2014

Fatal shooting prompts PNG border market closure

2:51 pm on 18 April 2014

A market at the Papua New Guinea/Indonesia border has again been closed amid fears over a shooting incident.

The Antara news agency says the Skouw border market was shut after a trader was killed by an unidentified gunman.

The market had only re-opened after a gunfight between an armed group and the Indonesian military prompted its closure.

It is not known when the market will re-open.

The area has seen skirmishes between separatist rebels from Indonesia's Papua province and military forces crossing into PNG in pursuit of them.

At the beginning of this week, Papua New Guinea and Indonesia agreed to jointly investigate the recent clashes.