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Indonesian TNI reclaims sub-districts in Central Papua from rebels

Diposting pada 15 Juni 2024 oleh admin / Dilihat: 0 kali

Jakarta (ANTARA) – The Indonesian National Army (TNI) retook Bibida District in Paniai, Central Papua, from the separatist group Free Papua Organization (OPM) on Friday without bloodshed among the local community.

“The professional actions of TNI soldiers in reclaiming the Bibida District which has been controlled by the OPM is our latest effort to create a safe and conducive situation in the Papua region,” Commander of the TNI III Joint Defense Region Command, Lt. Gen. Richard TH Tampubolon, said.

In its statement, Saturday, the TNI Habema Operations Command said that the military operation in Bibida was carried out after the OPM killed Rusli, a 40-year-old South Sulawesi resident in East Paniai District, Central Papua, on June 11.

After attacking Rusli, members of the group led by Undius Kogoa fled to Bibida and were cornered by pursuing TNI officers. In a desperate attempt, OPM members forced villagers to act as their human shields.

TNI officers were not affected by OPM’s actions and continued to act carefully in neutralizing separatist groups to reduce the risk of misfires that could harm residents, especially those who were forced to become human shields, according to the statement.

The TNI’s ongoing operations succeeded in reclaiming the area without any casualties, either from the TNI or Bibida residents. TNI officers also confiscated weapons and ammunition stored by OPM in the sub-district.

Over the past few years, Papuan armed groups have repeatedly used hit-and-run tactics against Indonesian security forces and carried out acts of terror against civilians in the Intan Jaya, Nduga and Puncak districts.

In response, the military and police formed the Habema Operations Command earlier this year to optimize joint security operations in Papua to prevent local conflict and neutralize the OPM threat.

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Journalist: Nabil Ihsan
Editor: Anton Santoso
Copyright © ANTARA 2024

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