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Indonesia monitors foreign links to West Papua rebels

INDONESIAN security services have suspicions but no firm proof that individual foreigners had linked with Papuan armed separatist groups.

“There are some suspicious that several foreign nationals personally maybe have links with those groups,” Lieutenant Colonel Jansen Simanjuntak told The Australian.

Lt-Colonel Jansen, spokesman for the Cenderawasih Military Command which oversees Indonesia’s two Papua provinces, was responding to the arrest and charging of an Australian man this week suspected of trying to join the separatist fight.

Prosecutors told Brisbane Magistrates Court yesterday (05/12) that 45-year-old Gerard Michael Little was about to travel to West Papua to engage in “violent conflict against the Indonesian government” when he was arrested.

Little allegedly identified himself on a Facebook page as “Colonel G. Micheal Little, commanding officer OPM”, the Free Papua Movement.

The case is likely to prove long-held suspicions in TNI and BIN, the national security agency, that foreigners including NGOs and even missionaries, are fomenting unrest in the Papua provinces.

“Foreign individuals help to link separatist groups with foreign parties which can give moral support or material support,” said Lt-Colonel Jansen.

OPM has an armed wing engaged in sporadic clashes with Indonesian forces, usually the police.

Most recently, an OPM group in Lanny Jaya district, Papua, claimed responsibility for a November 27 attack on a police post that killed three officers.

Source: The Australian

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OPM conducts gunfight against Indonesian security forces in Papua

Dictrict Lanny Jaya, Papua

Dictrict Lanny Jaya, Papua

Armed separatist group of Free Papua Organization (OPM) conducted shootout with Indonesian security forces in district Lanny Jaya, Papua on Monday (03/12).

“This morning we did gunfight against the Indonesian security forces,” said Purom Okiman Wenda, the leader of OPM branch Lanny Jaya.

Purom Wenda said that hundreds of the separatists had besieged the capital of Lanny Jaya, to fight for separatism.

A civilian, 25-year-old Ferdi Turuallo, was reported killed in the crossfire. He was on his way home from the market when the gunfight broke out.

Purom Wenda and group of Lanny Jaya branch have been hunted by police since he claimed responsibility for the slaying of three police officers on November 27th.

Purom Wenda, who claims to lead a militant armed group of OPM, told that his group was behind the attack.

“OPM did the shootings. I led the shootings,” he said.

Police have arrested seven suspects in connection with the attack at a police station in Pirime, Lanny Jaya district, in Papua Province that left three officers dead.(*wpnn)

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