Separatist snipers kill soldier in Indonesia's Papua: police
SORONG, Indonesia (AFP) - Suspected separatist snipers hiding out in the mountains of Indonesia's Papua have shot dead a soldier, police said on Monday, the latest attack on security forces in the restive eastern region.
The gunmen opened fire on soldiers guarding roads around Tingginambut village in West Papua province on Saturday as trucks delivered food and other essential supplies, local police spokesman I Gede Sumerta Jaya said.
"The snipers started shooting at the soldiers from the mountains. A soldier was shot in the stomach and died in hospital," he said, adding that no one else was injured in the attack.
Police had opened an investigation and suspected the attackers were linked to a local leader of the separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM) because "the modus operandi is similar to previous attacks", Jaya said.