The clash comes as Indonesian president Joko Widodo on Sunday was to visit the restive region -- wracked by a decades-old independence insurgency -- after months of mass demonstrations and deadly unrest.
Wednesday's incident comes after additional security forces were deployed to restore security in Papua, following a series of sometimes violent demonstrations since August, triggered by concerns over perceived racial and ethnic discrimination.
Tens of thousands protested across Papua — on the western half of New Guinea island — as anger over racism and fresh calls for self-rule fuelled mass demonstrations and violent clashes with security forces.
The area has been racked by civil unrest for two weeks over perceived racial and ethnic discrimination. Some protesters are also demanding an independence vote, although authorities have ruled out such a possibility.
At least 26 people have been killed in fresh unrest in Indonesia’s restive Papua region, authorities said on Tuesday, as thousands fled to shelters following a day of violence that saw victims
National police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo dismissed the media report of protesters being killed as "a provocation", adding that only information from the Papuan police can be trusted.
Indonesia’s Papua was hit by fresh unrest on Wednesday as more than 1,000 security personnel were sent to the restive region after violent protests that saw buildings torched and street battles
Indonesian police were hunting on Tuesday for more than 250 inmates who fled a jail in Papua that had been set ablaze a day earlier, during a wave of civil unrest in cities across the country’s
Protesters in Indonesia’s easternmost province of Papua set fire to tyres and torched a local parliament building on Monday after a demonstration against the recent detention of scores of Papuan students,