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PNG Church calls for investigation into police attack
    The Catholic Church in Papua New Guinea has called for an investigation into an alleged attack by PNG police on refugees from the Indonesian province of Irian-Jaya.
    ABC News reports that the attack occurred in a church-operated care centre near the border of PNG and Indonesia.
    Two Irian Jayan men suffered stab wounds and at least 10 others were injured in an altercation with police at a Catholic centre in Vanimo Town earlier this week.
    About 400 Irian Jayans have been staying there since they fled violence in Irian Jaya late last year.
    Witnesses say police attacked a group of Irian Jayans while they were gathering off-cut timber to build temporary housing. Some of the group have now gone into hiding, and the situation remains tense.
    The Catholic Bishop's Conference of PNG has called for an immediate investigation.
    It is understood Indonesian officials from Jayapura are due to visit the border crossers shortly, hoping to persuade them to return to Irian Jaya.
   
ABC
   
12-Mar-01


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