A joint team of military soldiers and police officers on Tuesday (29/05) arrested two members of the Free Papua Organization (OPM) in a raid on OPM headquarters in a forest located near Kampung Wadapi, Angkaisera district, Yapen, Papua.
Papua police spokesman Adj. Sr. Comr. Yohanes Nugroho confirmed the arrests.
“A joint team of military and police successfully ambushed OPM headquarters located in a forest in Kampung Wadapi, Angkaisera district,” Yohanes said.
The OPM members arrested were Tedi John Muntia and Yan Aroi.
“Both of them were intensively questioned at the Yapen police office,” Yohanes said.
The team also confiscated several items including a Morning Star flag, an outlawed separatist symbol, and weapons.
“There are some documents from the OPM, and weapons that we confiscated,” Yohanes said.
Before the raid, police received information that there was suspicious activity in a forest located 400 meters from Kampung Wadapi. The patrol team went to the location and found a base camp in an area of 1000 square meters, consisting of a field with makeshift tents.
They dismantled the tents and other facilities, and ambushed two houses located near the base camp and found firearms, motorcycles, ammunition and spears.
OPM has conducted several mysterious shootings in the restive area.
Source: The Jakarta Globe