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Thursday, December 06, 2018, 17:12
Indonesian forces locate bodies of 16 people killed in Papua
By Associated Press
Thursday, December 06, 2018, 17:12 By Associated Press

Indonesian Mobile Brigade Police from Wamena head to Nduga, where 31 construction workers were killed in one of the worst separatist attacks in restive Papua province, Dec 4, 2018. (ANYONG / AFP)

JAYAPURA, Indonesia — Security forces have located the bodies of 16 people who were killed in one of the bloodiest separatist attacks in Indonesia's restive Papua province.

Authorities on Wednesday revised the figure to 19 civilians, including workers, and a soldier

Papua province military spokesman Col Muhammad Aidi said army helicopters have transported eight bodies and eight survivors from Yigi village to a hospital. He said gunfire between an armed group linked to the Free Papua Movement and security forces is hampering efforts to recover the eight other bodies.

READ MORE: Indonesian police say 32 dead, 1 missing in Papua attacks

Police earlier said 31 workers and a soldier were killed Sunday when gunmen stormed a government construction project in a remote village in Nduga district, citing reports from witnesses.

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Authorities on Wednesday revised the figure to 19 civilians, including workers, and a soldier, based on the accounts of rescued survivors.

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