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At Least 26 Killed as Indonesia’s Papua Rocked by Violence

Shops burn during a protest in Wamena in Papua province on Sept 23.
Shops burn during a protest in Wamena in Papua province on Sept 23.Source: AP
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At least 26 people were killed and dozens injured as fresh clashes erupted in Indonesia’s restive Papua region, according to military and police officials.

Protesters clashed with police and military in the cities of Jayapura and Wamena on Monday after a hoax about a student being racially abused went viral on the social media, according to Papua police spokesman Ahmad Musthofa Kamal. Twenty two of those killed were in Wamena alone, a city in the Papua mountain region. The clashes also left 72 people injured, and dozens of vehicles, houses and government buildings were torched in the day-long rioting, he said in a statement.