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Indonesian Brigadier-General Killed In The Papua Clash That Has Been On For Two Weeks

The clashes started on April 8 in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province after rebels set fire to three schools and shot a teacher to death.

Indonesian Brigadier-General Killed In The Papua Clash That Has Been On For Two Weeks
Papuan activists confront police and soldiers. | AP Photo/Dita Alangkara
Indonesian Brigadier-General Killed In The Papua Clash That Has Been On For Two Weeks
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2021-04-26T16:12:29+05:30

An Indonesian brigadier general was killed in an ongoing clash between security forces and a rebel group in restive Papua province, authorities said Monday.

The clashes started April 8 in Indonesia's easternmost Papua province after rebels set fire to three schools and shot to death a teacher in Beoga village in Puncak district. Police, military and intelligence forces joined Operation Nemangkawi to find the attackers, who authorities believe belongs to the West Papua Liberation Army, the military wing of the Free Papua Organization.

Rebels have been fighting a low-level insurgency since the early 1960s when Indonesia annexed Papua, a former Dutch colony. Papua was formally incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot that was seen as a sham by many.

Papua's intelligence agency chief Brig. Gen. Gusti Putu Danny Nugraha was shot in his head and died in a rebel ambush, said Col. Iqbal Alqudusy, Operation Nemangkawi's spokesperson.

The ambush occurred while the general was patrolling Beoga's neighbouring village of Dambet with 13 other personnel on motorcycles Sunday afternoon after rebels set fire to an elementary school and houses in the village, he said.

He said security forces managed to evacuate the body on Monday morning while a joint military and police force was hunting “an armed separatist criminal group.”

“We are on the highest alert as instructed to all troops on the ground,” Alqudusy said.

Attacks by rebels in several districts in Papua have spiked in the past year, including in the Grasberg mine.

The Grasberg mine's vast gold and copper reserves have been extracted for decades by Freeport-McMoRan, damaging the surrounding environment while providing significant tax income for the Indonesian government.

But indigenous Papuans have benefited little and are poorer, sicker and more likely to die young than people elsewhere in Indonesia.

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