Updated: 02/21/2013 13:44 | By Agence France-Presse

Gunmen kill soldier in Indonesian Papua

Unidentified gunmen shot dead a soldier and seriously wounded another in Indonesia's restive Papua region Thursday, a military spokesman said.


"One soldier was shot dead when an armed group opened fire on a military post in Tingginambut this morning at 9:30 am local time (0030 GMT)," Papua province military spokesman Jansen Simanjuntak told AFP.

"The soldier who died was shot in the chest, while another soldier was injured with a shot to the arm."

Simanjuntak said police had not identified the perpetrators.

The incident occurred in the mountainous Puncak Jaya district, a known hideout for armed separatists.

Gun attacks are not uncommon in Papua, in Indonesia's extreme east, where poorly-armed separatists have for decades fought a low-level insurgency on behalf of the mostly ethnic Melanesian population.

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