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Six armed Papuan separatist terrorist groups actively operate: police

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Papua's police has mapped six armed Papuan separatist terrorist groups actively operating in the province's mountainous areas, as military and police personnel intensify law enforcement operations against them after a top agent's recent fatal shooting.

"The active armed groups operate in the sub-districts of Ilaga and Beoga in Puncak District; Sugapa Sub-district in Intan Jaya District; and Nduga District," Papua Police Chief Insp. Gen. Mathius Fakhiri stated in Timika, the capital of Mimika District, on Sunday.

These notorious armed separatist terrorists are led by figures placed on the Papua police's wanted list, such as Lekagak Telenggen, Militer Murib, Sabinus Waker, and Egianus Kogoya, he remarked.

"Two splinter groups of the Lekagak Telenggen-led armed group are operating in Puncak District," he remarked, adding that army and police personnel had managed to restore law and order in Beoga Sub-district after two teachers were killed on April 8 and April 9, 2021.

A joint team of army and police personnel was additionally dispatched to Ilaga Sub-district to stop the armed groups' frequent security disturbances in the administrative areas of this capital city of Puncak District, he stated.

The reinforcement of security personnel in Papua's mountainous areas is expected to help the Papua police soon arrest the masterminds behind the incidents of armed violence that had claimed the lives of several unarmed and innocent civilians, he remarked.

Over the past few years, armed Papuan groups have often employed hit-and-run tactics against Indonesian security personnel and mounted acts of terror against civilians in the districts of Intan Jaya, Nduga, and Puncak to trigger a sense of fear among the people.

The recent targets of such acts of terror included construction workers, motorcycle taxi (ojek) drivers, teachers, students, street food vendors, and also civilian aircraft.

On December 2, 2018, a group of armed Papuan rebels brutally killed 31 workers from PT Istaka Karya engaged in the construction of the Trans Papua project in Kali Yigi and Kali Aurak in Yigi Sub-district, Nduga District.

On the same day, armed attackers also killed a soldier, identified as Handoko, and injured two other security personnel, Sugeng and Wahyu.

Such acts of violence have continued this year. On January 6, 2021, at least 10 armed separatist terrorists vandalized and torched a Quest Kodiak aircraft belonging to Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) on the Pagamba village airstrip.

On February 8, 2021, a 32-year-old man was shot at close range in Bilogai Village, Sugapa Sub-district.

The victim, identified by his initials as RNR, sustained gunshot wounds on the face and right shoulder and was taken to the Timika Public Hospital in Mimika District on February 9.

In a separate incident on February 9, six armed Papuans fatally stabbed a motorcycle taxi (ojek) driver.

A motorcycle taxi driver was shot dead by an unknown gunman in Papua.

On April 8, 2021, several armed Papuan rebels opened fire at a kiosk in Julukoma Village, Beoga Sub-district, Puncak District.

The shooting resulted in the death of a Beoga public elementary school teacher, identified as Oktovianus Rayo.

After killing Rayo, the armed attackers torched three classrooms at the Beoga public senior high school.

On April 9, 2021, armed separatists reportedly fatally shot another teacher, Yonatan Randen, on the chest.

Two days later, nine classrooms at the Beoga public junior high school were set ablaze by an armed group.

Barely four days later, Ali Mom, a student of the Ilaga public senior high school in Beoga Sub-district, was brutally killed by armed attackers.

On April 25, 2021, Papuan separatists, operating in Beoga, ambushed State Intelligence Agency (Papua) Chief I Gusti Putu Danny Karya Nugraha and several security personnel during their visit to Dambet Village. (Antaranews)

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