– Two Indonesian army officers have been arrested for allegedly killing two men and injuring two others in Papua region.

The Jakarta Post reports that conflicting details have emerged over what exactly happened, but the victims have been identified as Imanuel Mailmaur and Yulianus Okoare.

Soon after the incident, a Papua military spokesperson, Teguh Pudji Rahardjo, said the shooting happened when a soldier was attacked by a mob in Timika, prompting troops to fire into the crowd.

But the commander of the Merauke Regional Command, Brigadier General Supartodi, told the newspaper that the officers were drunk when they opened fire into the crowd, and have been arrested.

The Papua police chief, Brigadier General Paulus Waterpauw is currently in Timika to assist with the handling of the situation.

RadioNZ – Pacific churches have condemned the killing of two West Papuans in a shooting involving Indonesian soldiers last week.

They have called on regional leaders to speak out against summary killings, torture and human rights abuse in the Indonesian region.

The church says reports from Timika in Mimika Regency say a group of Special Forces troops shot dead two members of the Catholic Youth Group at the Cathedral Parish of the Three Kings in Timika.

At the time the Kamoro people were performing traditional rituals.

The Council says the soldiers, who were refused entry to the area, went to their barracks, returned with weapons and fired on the group.

The General Secretary of the Pacific Council of Churches, Rev Francois Pihaatae, says the killings were uncalled for and an indication of Indonesia’s contempt.

He says Pacific leaders have a duty to speak out, especially those who have invited Indonesia into the Melanesian Spearhead Group.

Indonesian soldiers and policemen deployed on the main Timika road to the Freeport mine
Indonesian soldiers and policemen deployed on the main Timika road to the Freeport mine Photo: AFP

The West Papua Morning Star flag
The West Papua Morning Star flag Photo: AFP

RadioNZ – Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights is to visit Indonesia’s Papua region this month to investigate the deaths of two Papuans allegedly shot by soldiers last week.

The Jakarta Post reports the commissioner Natalius Pigai has deplored the incident in Timika in which the civilians were killed and a number of ethnic Kamoro injured during a traditional ceremony at a church complex in Timika.

The commissioner also questioned President Joko Widodo’s commitments to immediately resolve human rights violations that continue to occur in Papua.

The victims were buried on Sunday and the paper reports they were shot dead when two soldiers arrived intoxicated at a party to honour a local tribesman.

The paper reports the Regional Military Command has apologised for the incident and says military tribunals will be organised to hear the charges against the perpetrators.