Indonesian police kill rebel suspect in Papua

Indonesian police shot dead a separatist rebel during a raid Monday in the country’s easternmost province of Papua.

The raid, launched by the police, was on a rebel hideout in Puncak Jaya district.

Papua police spokesman Agus Rianto was quoted as saying that the suspect, a member of the Free Papua Movement (OPM) who was identified only by his initials WT, was shot during the raid. He said police also seized a number of bullets.

Rianto said the dead man was responsible for a recent attack against workers in the region that killed three.

The OPM, a group of separatist rebels, has been waging a rebellion in Papua since the early 1960s.

Papua is a former Dutch colony that became an Indonesian province in 1964, after a vote involving tribal leaders.

Source: Earth Times

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