A voter receives a ballot paper from an election official wearing a traditional Papuan outfit on June 27 (Source: http://www.thejakartapost.com)
Jakarta (VNA) - Three people, including two police officers, were killed in Indonesia's eastern-most province of Papua on June 27 when they were carrying ballot boxes after the country’s local elections on the same day.

The local authority said unknown gunmen attacked a speedboat, where the victims were on board when they were on duty to guard ballot boxes.

Director of Papua’s police agency Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said the group of 10 police officers was on their way from the Dow polling station to Torere to transport boxes full of filled-out ballots.

This was the third attacks in Papua aiming at the armed force. On June 25, an aircraft carrying 15 policemen in charge of pre-election security surveillance in Nduga district was fired on by unidentified assailants.

Indonesia had been on high alert for violence, as the country conducted elections for 171 city mayors, regents, and provincial governors on June 27.

Separatists in Papua had stepped up rallies, riots and violent attacks to undermine the elections.-VNA