Monday, February 12, 2007

Ethnic tensions turn violent in Jayapura regency

Two ethnic groups from Desa Sokori, Jayapura regency, Papua province, reportedly battled over the delineation of traditional land on 11 February. According to media reports, 35 houses and three motorcycles were torched and one car badly damaged during the clash. It was also reported that local police suspected the clash was triggered when a woman from the Damal ethnic group was shot by an arrow. Security forces were reportedly attempting to mediate the situation.

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