|Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited Papua|
on Sunday, state-news agency Antara reported. Photo: AFP
Indonesia's military claims the dead were civilian motorcycle taxi drivers, while the West Papua Liberation Army says they were soldiers.
The incident in Intan Jaya district is one of many disputed clashes between rebels and the state in Papua's Central Highlands to take place since December.
Military spokesperson Eko Daryanto was quoted by state media saying the three drivers were shot dead, before their bodies were hacked at with machetes.
A report from the pro-independence Liberation Army said the soldiers they claimed to have killed died during a shootout.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo visited Papua on Sunday, state-news agency Antara reported.