May 19, 2013 | 09:21 AM (BD Time)
19 May, 2013 Sunday
Activist killing sparks riot in Indonesia's Papua
. AP, Indonesia
Rioters angry over the killing of an independence activist by police set fires and killed one person in Indonesia's restive Papua province before hundreds of security forces restored order, the police chief said Friday.
Mobs stabbed an onlooker to death, injured four other people and burned five shops, four cars and more than 20 motorbikes Thursday, hours after they learned police had shot and killed Mako Tabuni, the deputy chairman of the National Committee for West Papua.
Shops were closed Friday, and many people were afraid to leave their homes.
"It is safe and quiet now. There are many troops on the streets," said Papua police chief Maj. Gen. Bigman Lumban Tobing. He said police detained three people and seized several handmade bombs, machetes, arrows, separatist flags and documents during a raid in a student dormitory in Jayapura.
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