14 Feb 2019

Hundreds of students flee violence in Papua - reports

8:25 pm on 14 February 2019

Indonesian state media is reporting that hundreds of students have fled violence in Papua's central Highlands.

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Since December, an increasing number of gun fights have occurred between the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces.

Antara News reported the violence had displaced 406 students and more than 80 teachers in Jayawijaya regency.

In nearby Nduga regency, 12 emergency classrooms have been set up for the displaced people.

A 25-year-old businessman in Jayawijaya, Sufeng Efendi, was reportedly shot dead by a Papuan rebel on 2 February.

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