An Indonesian military helicopter carrying 12 people
went missing on Friday over rebellious Papua province.
The Russian-made Mil Mi-17 was supposed to land at Sentani airport at 1 pm (0400 GMT) but lost contact a few minutes after take-off from Oksibil in the mountainous Pegunungan Bintang district, local military spokesman Muhammad Aidi said.
A search is under way for the helicopter, Aidi said. Papua, a mainly Melanesian region rich in resources, has been the scene of a low-level separatist insurgency for decades.
Security forces intensified anti-insurgency operations in Papua after rebels killed 19 workers building a highway and one soldier in Nduga district in early December.
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