Indonesia military: 3 dead in gun attack on airport in West Papua
JAYAPURA,Gunmen killed three people in an attack Monday at an airport in Indonesia's easternmost Papua that targeted a light plane transporting paramilitary police.
Col. Muhammad Aidi, the army's
spokesman in Papua province, said three civilians were killed and two people,
including the pilot, were injured in the attack, which occurred after the plane
landed at Kenyam airport in remote Nduga district.
The dead civilians were migrant traders from South Sulawesi province, including a husband and wife, who were shot and stabbed as the attackers fled the airport,.
A pro-independence insurgency has simmered in the formerly Dutch-controlled Papua region since it was annexed by Indonesia in 1963.
Under Indonesian rule, indigenousPapuans have been largely shut out of their region's economic activity, which is dominated by extraction of natural resources by Indonesian and foreign companies including the giant U.S.-owned Grasberg gold and copper mine.
the chartered Twin Otterplane was transporting paramilitary police from the highlands town of Wamena to Nduga to provide security during regional elections on Wednesday.
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