The Ambassador of Australia to Indonesia, Greg Moriarty, has expressed condolences following the deaths of eight soldiers in shooting incidents in Papua on Thursday (21/2).
In a press release from the Australian Embassy on Friday, the Australian government said that the incident will only hurt Indonesia especially the people of Papua with regard to efforts to create a safe and prosperous Indonesia.
The attacks on eight soldiers occurred in two different locations namely in Tingginambut and Sinak. Meanwhile, four civilians had also been killed in the incidents.
An army helicopter was shot on Friday (2/22) morning leaving three crew members injured when it was to evacuate the bodies of the victims forcing it to return to the base.
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono held a limited cabinet meeting on Friday (22/2) afternoon, to discuss the incidents suspected to be the acts of armed civilian groups of members of a separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM).
Source: ANTARA News