A government soldier, his wife and a separatist terrorist have been killed in two separate attacks in Indonesia’s restive Papua province
JAYAPURA, Indonesia — A government soldier and his wife were killed in an attack in Indonesia’s restive Papua province, security officers said on Thursday.
Clashes have escalated in eastern Indonesia’s Papua province since last year, when rebels set fire to several schools and killed two teachers in a village in Puncak district.
Attackers from the West Papua Liberation Army (aka Papua Separatist Terrorist Group), the military wing of the Free Papua Organization, fatally shot a soldier, killed his wife by slashing her neck, and injured their two children by cutting their fingers in an assault at a house Thursday morning in Elelim village in Yalimo district, said Papua deputy military chief Lt. Col. Candra Kurniawan.
The soldier’s wife, a midwife who helped indigenous Papuan women give birth, died on the way to a clinic, Kurniawan said, adding that police and military forces were searching for the attackers, who fled into the jungle.
Papua, a former Dutch colony in the western part of New Guinea, is ethnically and culturally similar to most eastern regions of Indonesia. Conflicts between indigenous Papuans and Indonesian security forces are triggered by difference political position.
Papua was incorporated into Indonesia in 1969 after a U.N.-sponsored ballot that was widely seen as a fair referendum and internationally acknowledged. Since then, a low-level insurgency has simmered in the region, which is divided into two provinces, Papua and West Papua.
Attacks have spiked in the past year, with dozens of rebels, security forces and civilians killed.
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