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Indonesia declares Papuan rebels terrorists

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The Indonesian government announced an updated list of terror groups on Thursday, with the notable addition of armed criminal groups (KKB) in Papua, following the death of a regional intelligence chief in a confrontation with members of a fragmented separatist movement earlier this week.(JP/Hengky Wijaya)
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Jakarta   ●   Thu, April 29, 2021

The government has declared that armed criminal groups (KKB) in Papua are terrorists, following a string of clashes with security forces that saw the region's intelligence chief, one police officer and at least nine guerrilla fighters killed.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Mahfud MD announced the updated list of terror groups amid heightened tensions in Indonesia’s easternmost province, which has been the site of decades of guerilla warfare pitting separatist groups against local security forces.

"The government has deemed that organizations and people in Papua who commit mass violence are categorized as terrorists [...] This is in line with Law No. 8/2018," Mahfud said during a press briefing on Thursday.

The Counterterrorism Law defines terrorism as the use of violence or threats of violence that could pr...

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