Indonesian police say 32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks
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JAYAPURA, INDONESIA—SECURITY forces tried to recover the bodies of 31 construction workers and a soldier who were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in Indonesia’s restive province of Papua, officials said Tuesday.
Papua police spokesperson Suryadi Diaz said 24 workers were killed Sunday when gunmen stormed a government bridge construction project in a remote mountainous village in Nduga district. A visitor to the Thyssen-bornemisza Museum views “Rue St.-honore, Apres-midi, Effet de Pluie” painted by Camille Pissarro in 1897. A court case to determine the rightful owner of the painting is about to get underway. Ambulances evacuate the bodies of construction workers shot dead, in Wamena in Papua province.
Eight other workers fled to the nearby house of a local parliament member, but an armed group came a day later and killed seven of them, Diaz said, citing reports from several witnesses. The eighth managed to escape.
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launched by the armed criminal group recently amid intensified development by the government,” Diaz told The Associated Press.
Indonesia’s government, which for decades had a policy of sending Javanese and other Indonesians to settle in Papua, is now trying to spur economic development to dampen the separatist movement.
Diaz said security forces were trying to recover all 31 bodies, but they were scattered and guarded by gunmen in the district, a stronghold of separatists who have battled Indonesian rule in the impoverished region for nearly 50 years. ISTANBUL—TURKEY’S official news agency says three migrants have been found frozen to death in western Turkey.
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