RIO DE JANEIRO, July 29 (Xinhua) -- Brazilian officials and tribal leaders said the police were on their way to investigate a possible incursion into an indigenous village by illegal miners, local media reported Monday.
A day earlier, native Brazilians reported that the Waiapi tribe in north Brazil's Amapa State had been attacked by a gang of armed gold prospectors and miners a week ago, who fired their weapons at the locals, according to a Rio Times report.
They also accused the attackers of murdering tribal leader Emyra Waiapi of a small and remote village last Monday, the report said.
Brazil's National Indian Foundation said a group of invaders has taken over a village in the west of Amapa, expelled the residents and been using it as their base, adding that the group shall be responsible for the tribal leader's death.
The Amazon Rainforest accounts for 90 percent of Amapa State's total area, a dominant feature of the region.
Brazil's native population is legally entitled to areas designated as reservations. However, in recent years, the unexploited territory has been invaded by farmers and resource prospectors who were trying to seize the land, according to the Rio Times.