West Papua: Indonesian police kill woman during a clash with locals

The police were transporting an 18-year-old man suspected of theft when villagers intervened to help him.

Police and military in Timika, Papua, late last year.

Police and military in Timika, Papua, late last year.

In a statement, they said police fired warning shots during the incident on Saturday. The woman, who was in the crowd, died from a gunshot to the head.

Conflicts between indigenous Papuans and Indonesian security forces are common in the impoverished region, which Indonesia annexed more than half a century ago.

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