According to authorities in the provincial capital of Sorong, at least 19 people were killed after a karaoke bar in Indonesia’s West Papua was set on fire following a confrontation between rival gangs of youngsters in the area.
What they’re saying: According to a police spokesman, one individual was fatally stabbed in the brawl early Tuesday before the venue was set on fire with 18 people trapped inside.
- “Fights among youths in cities are normal, but that it has caused so many deaths, that is a first,” Adam Erwini, a spokesman for West Papua police, told Metro TV.
- The terrible incident at the Sorong entertainment venue was still under investigation, according to Adam, and it was unknown whether the death toll would grow.
- Separately, Indonesian national police spokesman Dedi Prasetyo said the brawl was between two competing gangs from the neighbouring island of Maluku.