Separatists ambush police post in Papua

The Jakarta Post | Fri, 01/09/2009 2:10 PM | National
Separatist fighters attacked a police post and made off with four firearms in a remote area in Puncak Jaya regency, Papua, on Thursday night, state news agency Antara has reported.

Free Papua Movement (OPM) fighters attacked a police post in Tinggi Nambut village. A 21-year-old police officer’s wife was stabbed in the chest.

Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Bagus Eko Danto said he has yet to confirm the attack.

Separately, Puncak Jaya Regent Lukas Enembe said he had held a meeting to coordinate security. Enembe said two OPM groups were active in the area, one led by Goliat Tabuni and the other by Anton Tabuni.

“We don’t know which group carried out this raid,” he said.

In 2004 Goliat led a 100-strong group which ambushed the same village. Gunmen controlled Tinggi Nambut for four days before leaving when soldiers and police officers stormed the village. The OPM rebels have been fighting for the independence of Papua since the early 1960s. (dre)

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