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Fire, clash at nightclub kill 19 people in Indonesia: Police

A nightclub in Indonesia's West Papua province burned after two groups clashed inside the building and 19 people were killed, officials said.

Published: 25th January 2022 11:22 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th January 2022 11:22 AM   |  A+A-

A man stands outside of a torched nightclub after two groups clashed in Sorong, West Papua province, Indonesia.

A man stands outside of a torched nightclub after two groups clashed in Sorong, West Papua province, Indonesia. (Photo | AP)

By Associated Press

JAKARTA: A nightclub in Indonesia's West Papua province burned after two groups clashed inside the building and 19 people were killed, officials said Tuesday.

One of the dead was a member of the groups that clashed Monday night at the club in Sorong city and 18 bodies were found after the fire, Adam Erwindi, spokesperson of West Papua Police, said on Metro TV.

Police are still investigating what caused the clash and whether the fire was set or was accidental.

Erwindi added that along with the investigation, police officers were meeting the main figures of the two groups to make for more conducive conditions.

Police and Indonesian military officers were in control in the area.



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