One killed as Indonesia tribes clash with bows and arrows

AFP News20 June 2012
Papuan tribal warriors from Amole village (foreground) clash with tribes from Harapan village
Papuan tribal warriors armed with bows and arrows and improvised shields from Amole village (foreground) clash with tribes from Harapan village (background) during renewed fighting between the two tribes in Mimika district, located in Indonesia's restive Papua province. One more tribesman was killed, raising casualty figure in the raging tribal war to four dead

Hundreds of tribesmen armed with bows and arrows clashed in eastern Indonesia on Wednesday, leaving one man dead in the latest outbreak of deadly violence in the region, police said.

More than a dozen people were also injured when two groups clashed in Mimika district in the province of Papua, near the site of a giant copper and gold mine run by US mining giant Freeport.

"One man was killed this morning during the clash. He was hit by an arrow to his chest," Mimika's head of police intelligence Nursalam Saka told AFP.

He said the dead man was from the Kampung Harapan area, whose inhabitants regularly clash with people from Kampung Amole. Three people were killed in clashes on Monday.

The two groups also clashed on June 6 after a tribesman was killed in a road accident and police said the latest violence was probably related to that incident.

Several large tribes live side by side in Mimika district but disputes are usually settled traditionally with compensation and communal feasts.