Soldier killed in separatist attack in Papua

Soldier killed in separatist attack in Papua
Antara news March 14, 2009

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - The Liberation Army of separatist Free Papua Movement (OPM) which had since Friday launched attacks on security posts in Tingginambut area, Puncak Jaya district, Papua province, killed an Indonesian Army soldier, Private Saiful, of Battalion 754, on Saturday.

Puncak Jaya Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Cris Rihulay on Saturday confirmed the incident, saying that the security officers were now trying to evacuate the victim to Mulia city, district capital of Puncak Jaya.

In the meantime, Puncak Jaya district head Lukas Enembe said that besides launching attacks on security posts, the OPM also destroyed and set fire on the Gurage bridge which linked the area with the rest parts of Puncak Jaya.

He said that he had instructed local authorities to put a curfew into effect in an effort to prevent undesired happening following rumors that several members of the OPM's armed wing had entered Mulia city. (*)