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4 soldiers killed in attack in Indonesia’s Papua region

September 2, 2021

4 soldiers killed in attack in Indonesia’s Papua region

By Asociated Press Today at 3:27 a.m. EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Attackers believed to be West Papua rebels killed four soldiers and wounded two others in an attack on a military post in Indonesia’s troubled easternmost region, authorities said Thursday.

About 50 attackers believed to be members of the West Papua Liberation Army, the military wing of the Free Papua Organization, stormed the post and attacked the six soldiers with arrows, machetes and axes early Wednesday, the West Papua regional military command spokesman Hendra Pesireron said in a statement.

The two badly injured soldiers were evacuated from the post in Kisor village of Maybrat district for treatment, Pesireron said.

More than 30 military and intelligence forces joined together to find the attackers, he said.

A spokesperson for the rebels couldn’t immediately be reached for comment.
Conflicts between indigenous Papuans and Indonesian security forces are common in the impoverished Papua region, a former Dutch colony in the western part of New Guinea that is ethnically and culturally distinct from much of Indonesia.

Papua was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot that was widely seen as a sham. Since then, a low-level insurgency has simmered in the mineral-rich region, which is divided into two provinces, Papua and West Papua.

Rebel attacks have spiked in the past year, with dozens of rebels, security forces and civilians killed.

Police on Wednesday arrested 4 suspected members of the separatist Liberation Army group and accused them of involvement in the killings of two construction workers in Yahukimo district, where the two bodies were found burned at a bridge project in Aug. 23.

Four other workers were killed days earlier in the same district.
2) Four West Papuan army officers murdered, one missing following attack
3 hours ago
Sorong, West Papua (ANTARA) – Four Indonesian Army soldiers were murdered while one went missing after being attacked by members of an unidentified group at Kisor military post in South Aifat Sub-district, Maybrat District, West Papua Province, on Thursday at 3 a.m. local time.

Lieutenant Colonel Arm Hendra Pesireron , spokesman of the Regional Military Command XVIII/Kasuari, confirmed about the fatal attack and the bodies were currently being retrieved.

The fallen army officers were identified as Second Sergeant Amrosius, Chief Private Dirham, First Private Zul Ansari, and First Lieutenant Chb Dirman while First Private Ikbal is yet untraceable.

They were ambushed while sleeping in the military post in Kisor. Three bodies were found at the post, while the other one was discovered in the bushes not far from the post.

Related news: Three Papuan armed group members shot in Ilaga: Nemangkawi Task Force
Related news: Police need time to crush Papuan separatists: senior official

Reporter: Ernes B Kakisina, Fardah
Editor: Rahmad Nasution

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