JAKARTA - At least three people are reported to have been killed after police from Indonesia's anti-terrorism unit stormed an isolated airstrip in Papua province. The airstrip was allegedly occupied by a group of unidentified gunmen. State news agency Antara quotes the province's police chief as saying the dead includes two suspected separatist rebels.
They were killed after negotiations to end an occupation of the airstrip failed.
The police chief says several police officers also suffered serious injuries after being attacked by bows and arrows. Antara says the rebels linked to the secessionist Papua Free Movement had occupied the airstrip for about two weeks.