Indonesian police stated Tuesday that armed rebels had gunned down seven civilians after they opened fireplace on a gold mine within the jap area of Papua.
Authorities stated assailants fired photographs at mining employees on Monday afternoon within the distant mountainous Yahukimo district.
No group has claimed accountability for the assault thus far, however the police claimed The West Papua Liberation Military (TPNPB) separatist group led by Egianus Kogoya was behind the shootings.
“We are going to chase the perpetrators and we are going to take authorized motion towards the separatists and Egianus Kogoya,” Faizal Ramadhani, head of Cartenz Peace Taskforce, a particular group fashioned to go after the separatists in Papua, stated in an announcement Tuesday.
Ramadhani stated a police deployment despatched to retrieve the our bodies and rescue survivors was fired on by the rebels on their arrival.
“As quickly as we arrived on the location, our personnel had been attacked and the gunfire lasted 1.5 hours,” he stated.
Seven our bodies have been retrieved from the situation whereas 11 different individuals had been rescued alive, the police stated.
Many of the useless had been migrants from the South Sulawesi area.
The rebels additionally burned down excavators, vehicles, and the employees’ camp, police stated.
A spokesman for TPNPB, the army wing of Papua’s essential separatist group, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
The group was answerable for the February 2023 kidnapping of a New Zealand pilot from the Papuan highlands.
Papua refers back to the Indonesian area within the western half of New Guinea island, which is made up of six provinces.
The area has seen a number of lethal assaults linked to the insurgency lately.
In July final 12 months, 10 had been killed when a gaggle of rebels attacked a truck stuffed with civilians transporting items.
In March 2022, eight telecommunications employees had been shot useless whereas putting in communications towers in Puncak district.