5 rebels, 1 police killed in conflict in Indonesia’s Papua

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo expressed his condolences after an Indonesian brigadier normal was killed in an ongoing conflict between safety forces and a insurgent group in Papua (AP)

JAYAPURA, INDONESIA: An Indonesian police officer and 5 Papuan independence fighters had been killed in an ongoing conflict between safety forces and a insurgent group in restive Papua province, authorities stated on Wednesday.
The clashes started early this month in Indonesia’s jap most Papua province after rebels set fireplace to a number of faculties and shot useless two academics in Beoga village in Puncak district.
Police, navy and intelligence forces joined collectively to seek out the attackers, who authorities consider belong to the West Papua Liberation Military, the navy wing of the Free Papua Group.
Rebels in Papua have been preventing a low-level insurgency for the reason that early 1960s, when Indonesia annexed the area, a former Dutch colony. Papua was formally integrated into Indonesia in 1969 after a UN-sponsored poll that was seen as a sham by many.
Papua police chief Mathius Fakhiri stated a joint navy and police drive killed 5 of the Papuan fighters in a battle with dozens of rebels armed with military-grade weapons in addition to axes and arrows in Makki village on Tuesday. He stated a police officer was shot at his abdomen and died whereas two others had been injured.
Safety forces managed to evacuate the physique and injured officers to a hospital in close by Mimika district close to the mining city of Tembagapura on Tuesday whereas the joint drive was looking for different rebels who fled to the jungle, Fakhiri stated.
Sebby Sambom, a spokesman for the liberation military, confirmed the police declare, including that two different fighters had been injured within the battle.
Tuesday’s conflict occurred two days after Papua’s intelligence company chief Brig. Basic Gusti Putu Danny Nugraha was shot in his head and died in a insurgent ambush. The ambush occurred whereas the overall was patrolling Dambet village in Puncak district with 13 different personnel on bike after rebels set fireplace to an elementary faculty and homes within the village.
President Joko Widodo has ordered authorities forces to search out the rebels.
“I emphasize that there isn’t any place for armed felony teams in Papua and in all corners of the nation,” Widodo stated in televised remarks on Monday.
Assaults by rebels in a number of districts in Papua have spiked up to now yr, together with within the Grasberg mine.
The Grasberg mine’s huge gold and copper reserves have been exploited for many years by US-based Freeport-McMoRan, damaging the encompassing surroundings whereas offering important tax earnings for the Indonesian authorities.
However indigenous Papuans have benefited little and are poorer, sicker and extra more likely to die younger than folks elsewhere in Indonesia.

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