2 Indonesian Colonial Police Officers Killed in Armed Attacks by West Papuan Guerrillas

Published March 2, 2020

West Papua

Two Indonesian colonial police officers were killed in two separate armed guerrilla attacks by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) in Tembagapura on February 29 and March 1.

A member of Brimob (special operations, paramilitary, and tactical unit of the Indonesian National Police) was killed in an armed attack by the West Papua National Liberation Army (TPNPB) on Saturday February 29 in Tembagapura.

TPNPB is the military wing of the Free Papua Organization or OPM. OPM is the oldest and main organization of all resistance movements in Papua.

But many groups have slandered the OPM, following the propaganda and conspiracy of foreign capital, accusing the Free Papua armed movement, led by OPM, of being a terrorist movement that would become an enemy of the Western world.

To dismiss all the misleading accusations against OPM and its military wing, OPM has succeeded in fixing its civil and military structure and has begun to effectively wage a war of liberation and political diplomacy in the past 6 years.

In a separate armed attack on Indonesian police by a TPNPB unit at approx 1300 local time, on March 1, at Grasberg mine transport depot, Jipabera in Tembagapura, one police officer was wounded and later died of injuries.

West Papua