Three killed in Indonesian land dispute: police

KUPANG, Indonesia, Jan 24, 2009 (AFP) - Three men were killed and two injured in an agricultural land dispute in eastern Indonesia, the police said Saturday.

The clash occurred Friday in Papang village in East Nusa Tenggara as two groups, totalling around two dozen people, fought over the right to use one hectare of land, the police said.

"There are three people that we have arrested regarding the fight. We are still chasing the others," Manggarai police chief Hambali, who only uses one name, said.

The groups used machetes -- which are normally used for farming -- during the fight.

"The situation is under control," he said.

Source: AFP

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