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Jakarta Post

One killed, two injured in latest shoot-out in Papua

  • Stefanno Sulaiman, Nethy Dharma Somba and Evi Mariani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta/Jayapura   /   Thu, April 5 2018   /  12:27 am

One person was killed while another two were injured in a clash during an operation launched by the Indonesian Military (TNI) aimed at rounding up an armed group in Opitawak village in Tembagapura, Mimika regency, Papua, near the copper mine operated by Freeport, on Wednesday.

Both the TNI and the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPN-OPM), which is linked to the Free Papua independence movement, confirmed the identity of the dead man as Timotius Umabak, while one of the injured was identified as Kapin Wamang, 15.

“We confirm that the fatality and the injured person came from the same group that attacked us on Sunday,” Cendrawasih Military Command spokesman Col. M. Aidi said on Wednesday.

The TNI and the armed group were previously involved in a shoot-out in Utikini village on Sunday, during which one soldier and two civilians, believed to be part of the arm...