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Death toll from West Papua clashes rises to 26

Violence erupted in the provincial capital Jayapura and the main Highlands town Wamena on Sunday, an escalation of protests that have gripped the province for weeks.

Indonesia's military says 22 people were killed during riots in Wamena, where students were protesting over a racism allegation.

Government buildings and businesses were torched by large crowds.

The military says four people - including a soldier - were killed in a separate protest by students there.

Seven-hundred and thirty-three people are being held at Papua police headquarters in Jayapura.

PNG to declare state of emergency over Highlands unrest

During yesterday's unrest a commercial plane was destroyed, and the local courthouse and the residence of the provincial governor William Powi were burnt.

Local authorities say no one was injured when a Air Niugini Dash-8 aircraft was set on fire and destroyed on the airstrip at Mendi airport. The situation in the town is tense, the provincial capital having gone into lockdown overnight.

According to police, it was yesterday's national court ruling upholding Mr Powi's 2017 election which sparked the rampage.

Papua police reaffirm legal process over Tolikara

A boy was killed and around eleven people injured in the shootings in the Tolikara centre of Karubaga, amid unrest in which shops and a small mosque were burnt.

Religious leaders signed a peace treaty following the incident a month ago.

The Jakarta Post reports Papua's police chief Paulus Waterpauw has said closure resulting from the treaty would not last long as it would not be accepted by certain groups.

He says the incident must be legally processed and not just dealt with by customary settlement.