Protests have raged throughout the West Papua region for more than a week [File: Dita Alangkara/AP]

Jakarta, Indonesia – At least six protesters and one military officer have been killed and several others including children wounded in West Papua after authorities clashed with demonstrators demanding independence, witnesses have said.

A source at one of the demonstrations on Wednesday in Papua province’s Deiyai regency said at least six Papuans were killed.

The witness, who requested anonymity for security reasons, also saw several people wounded by gunfire and demonstrators fleeing to the jungle for fear of being pursued by police and soldiers.

Suara Papua, the most widely read publication in the region, also reported the six protester deaths.

However, in an interview with Al Jazeera,

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