Two Indonesians Shot Dead In Papua: Police

Two Indonesians Shot Dead In Papua: Police

JAKARTA, March 10 (AFP) -- Two Indonesians were shot dead and two others wounded Tuesday in an attack in Indonesia's restive Papua province, police said.

The two men, aged 25 and 35, were killed as they rode motorcycles in Puncak Jaya district, a stronghold of the separatist militant group Free Papua Organisation (OPM), local police chief Criss Rihulay told AFP.

Two passengers were wounded in the attack, including a 19-year-old woman who is in a critical condition, Rihulay said.

"This case is still being investigated, including what weapons were used, who carried out this attack and what their motive was," he said, adding that police had no evidence the attack was carried out by the OPM.

Police shot dead two Papuans in firefights in January and February in the remote mountain district, following a raid by armed men who stole weapons from a police post.

Indonesian security forces are frequently accused of rights violations in Papua, which sits on the western end of New Guinea island and has seen a low-level insurgency by poorly-armed rebels since its incorporation into Indonesia in the 1960s.