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Two wounded, houses damaged in tribal clash

Jakarta Post - October 2, 2009

Timika – Members of two warring tribes in Timika, Mimika regency, Papua, the Amungme and Kei tribes, clashed at around 2:30 a.m. local time Thursday at the Kampung Kodok complex in Kwamki Baru district, Mimika, on Thursday.

Two Amungme tribe members sustained serious wounds and were rushed to the Mitra Community Hospital, while a number of homes in Kampung Kodok were vandalized by their fellow tribesmen.

Based on information gathered at the scene, the clash was triggered when two men from the Amungme tribe, Piter Magal and Marianus Yanem, were beaten up by several youngsters from the Kei tribe as they were passing a road in the Kampung Kodok complex after buying alcoholic drinks in a shop in Timika.

The clash stopped when police arrived at the scene. No arrests was made.