The National Police said that members of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) killed
four citizens on Sunday after threatening employees two days before at a local
television station in Paniai, Papua.
“The attacks began on Friday morning when 16 members of the
OPM approached and ordered two employees ,who were in the middle of their work
at a local TV station tower, to stop their activities," National Police
spokesperson Insp. Gen. Anton Bachrul Alam said Monday.
The two workers reported the incident to the police. The OPM fired shots at
police who had arrived on the scene. A gunfight ensued.
“They [the OPM] managed to escape. Fortunately, no one died,”
However, the OPM allegedly attacked civilians once more in a roadside ambush at
3:30 a.m on Monday. Anton said the OPM tortured nine passengers, killing four.
“The OPM set an ambush by cutting down a tree to block a
road near Tanjakan Gunung Merah, Paniai. A local transport vehicle that happened
to pass the road was raided,” he said, adding that the police were currently searching
for the culprits.
The police confiscated seven military uniforms, eight
bullets for SSI and Moser rifles, two machetes, two hand phones and documents
belonging to the OPM. (rpt)