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Jakarta Post

Papuan rebels open fire on fact-finding team

  • Alya Nurbaiti and Benny Mawel

    Jakarta/Jayapura, Papua

Jakarta/Jayapura, Papua   /   Mon, October 12 2020   /  01:00 am
Intan Jaya regency is marked with the red line.(JP/-)

The West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) has confirmed it was behind an attack on members of the government’s joint fact-finding team (TGPF) in Mamba village, Sugapa district, Intan Jaya regency, Papua, on Friday. TPNPB spokesperson Rimba Lawingga said one of the group’s fighters opened fire on the fact-finding team, which includes Indonesian Army (TNI) personnel. “For us, the TNI killed Pastor Yeremia [Zamambani]. We oppose a Jakarta-sanctioned investigation team that will only make us the scapegoat. That is why we shot,” Rimba told The Jakarta Post on Friday. According to the TNI’s Joint Defense Area Command III (Kogabwilhan III), the shooting occurred on Friday afternoon as the fact-finding team was returning to Sugapa after conducting an investigation in Hitadipa district. The team, led by Benny Mamoto of the National Police Commission...