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Fight and fire in a karaoke bar in Indonesia: at least 19 dead in a fire in West Papua

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Fight and fire in a karaoke bar in Indonesia: at least 19 dead in a fire in West Papua

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One person was fatally stabbed in the scuffle early Tuesday before the venue was set on fire with 18 people trapped inside, a police official said.

“Fighting between young people in cities is normal, but that it caused so many deaths is a first,” West Papua Police spokesman Adam Erwini told Metro TV.

Adam said the fatal incident at the Sorong entertainment venue was still under investigation and it was unclear if the death toll would rise.

Separately, Dedi Prasetyo, spokesman for the Indonesian National Police, said the fight was between two rival gangs from the neighboring island of Maluku.

Fight and fire in a karaoke bar in Indonesia: at least 19 dead in a fire in West Papua

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