Indonesia arrests 4 after protests of police turn violent, lead to deaths of 7 by police fire

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Police say they have arrested four people in connection with violent protests that led to the shootings of villagers in central Indonesia.

Several hundred locals attacked a police station Buol district in Central Sulawesi province on Tuesday night with rocks and Molotov cocktails. They accused the police of torturing to death a motorist detained in a traffic accident.

National police spokesman Brig. Gen. Iskandar Hasan said Thursday that four people had been arrested and were being interrogated.

He added that the local police chief and officers dealing with the motorist’s case were also being questioned.

Seven protesters were killed when police opened fire after protesters ignored warning shots. At least 17 people were wounded.

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